Tactile tails: a new hypothesis for the function of the elongate tails of diplodocid sauropods

  title={Tactile tails: a new hypothesis for the function of the elongate tails of diplodocid sauropods},
  author={Matthew G. Baron},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  pages={2057 - 2066}
  • M. Baron
  • Published 28 May 2020
  • Environmental Science
  • Historical Biology
ABSTRACT Tail elongation is a trait common to many sauropod dinosaurs. In certain members of Diplodocidae, for example, the total caudal vertebrae count is as high as 70 to 80 bones, making a total estimated tail length for mature animals that is in excess of 10 metres. A number of competing hypotheses have been suggested to explain the function of this ‘hyper-elongate’ tail including use as a counterbalance, use as a defensive weapon, use as a sonic-boom-generating ‘bull-whip’ or use as a… 


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