Theoretical Aspects of Cursorial Adaptations in Dinosaurs

@article{Coombs1978TheoreticalAO,
  title={Theoretical Aspects of Cursorial Adaptations in Dinosaurs},
  author={Walter P. Coombs},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1978},
  volume={53},
  pages={393 - 418}
}
  • W. Coombs
  • Published 1 December 1978
  • Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
A theoretical review of the physical constraints on cursorial animals provides a list of the morphological correlates of superior running ability, with emphasis on osteological features. This list includes the following adaptations: relatively long limbs; small forelimbs (bipeds only); freely rotating scapula (quadrupeds only); hinge-like joints; short and massive proximal limb elements; long and slender distal limb elements; radius-ulna and tibia-fibula which are reduced to single elements… 
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