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Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week Aug 27
What does it mean for a vertebra to be “horizontal”?
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Anna Krahl Aug 28
Replying to @SV_POW @MikeTaylor
I would probably prefer the first def. This is because I tend to find it easier understandable and less artificially sounding, if characters are related to actual body posture. So I mean, in articulation the vertebrae would probably describe some kind of curved vert. column
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Mike Tⓐylor 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 Aug 28
Replying to @paleokrahl @SV_POW
We have to put aside "life posture" completely for this purpose (as I ought to have explained properly in the post). For one thing, we don't know what the life posture was for most extinct animals.
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Mike Tⓐylor 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 Aug 28
Replying to @paleokrahl @SV_POW
I'm wary of your reasoning for preferring method A: "it's easy to measure" is what's got us Impact Factor as a measure of journal quality and H-Index as a measure of researcher quality.
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Anna Krahl
Ok & yes. I did not mean to say it is easier to measure. I meant I personally find it more comprehensible if the measurements relate to something like eg. the body posture. This is due to my momentary biomech./functional work, where bone orientation somet is difficult to define.
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