Plesiosaur Swimming as Interpreted from Skeletal Analysis and Experimental Results

  title={Plesiosaur Swimming as Interpreted from Skeletal Analysis and Experimental Results},
  author={K. Carpenter and F. Sanders and B. Reed and Julia Reed and P. Larson},
  • K. Carpenter, F. Sanders, +2 authors P. Larson
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Underwater locomotion by plesiosaurs has long been a controversial problem with many hypotheses suggested. Almost without exception these models were based on limited analyses and limited data that failed to adequately examine joint morphology, joint kinematics or test the hypotheses. Our analysis demonstrates that the sea lion- and rowing-models are kinematically impossible due to the prominent glenoid processes that would restrict the necessary posterior motion. Anatomical comparisons with… CONTINUE READING
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