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How Strong Was Kentrosaurus?

  • 14-07-2011 9:58pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 30,747 ✭✭✭✭ Galvasean


    STRONG ENOUGH TO SMASH YO' FREAKIN' SKULL YOU WEAK LITTLE MAMMALIAN SACK OF FLESH!!!!!!
    http://www.palaeo-electronica.org/blog/?p=338

    I think Dinosaur Tracking Blog summed it up well enough:
    As it turns out, Kentrosaurus was a heavy hitter. According to Mallison’s models, the spikes at the tip of the dinosaur’s tail could have hit their target at a top speed of over 40 meters per second, and Kentrosaurus could have swung its tail at a speed in excess of 10 meters per second in a 75 degree arc. “At this speed,” Mallison writes, “the spikes could penetrate deeply into soft tissues or between ribs and were able to shatter bones.” He adds: “Penetrating impacts at 10 m/s created forces greater than those sufficient to fracture a human skull.” Ouch.

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    Image from Enchantedlearning.com


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