FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY AND HYDRODYNAMICS OF PLESIOSAUR NECKS: DOES SIZE MATTER?

@article{Troelsen2019FUNCTIONALMA,
  title={FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY AND HYDRODYNAMICS OF PLESIOSAUR NECKS: DOES SIZE MATTER?},
  author={P. Troelsen and D. M. Wilkinson and M. Seddighi and D. Allanson and P. Falkingham},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
  year={2019},
  volume={39},
  pages={1 - 15}
}
ABSTRACT —Plesiosaurs are an enigmatic, diverse extinct group of Mesozoic marine reptiles well known for their unique body plan with two pairs of flippers and usually an elongated neck. The long neck evolved several times within the clade, yet the evolutionary advantages are not well understood. Previous studies have mainly focused on swimming speeds or flipper locomotion. We evaluated the hydrodynamics of neck length and thickness in plesiosaurs using computational fluid dynamics (CFD… Expand
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