Evidence for a Sauropod-Like Metacarpal Configuration in Stegosaurian Dinosaurs

  title={Evidence for a Sauropod-Like Metacarpal Configuration in Stegosaurian Dinosaurs},
  author={P. Senter},
  • P. Senter
  • Published 18 September 2010
  • Environmental Science, Biology
The stegosaurian forelimb is usually portrayed with the metacarpals slanted and distally spread. However, manual manipulation of stegosaurian metacarpals reveals that in that configuration they do not articulate with each other nor with the rest of the forelimb. Rather, they do articulate with each other and with the rest of the forelimb when posed vertically and arranged in a compact, semi-tubular configuration, as in sauropods. This configuration agrees with data from articulated specimens… 

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