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    Posted: 25-Mar-2009 at 17:09
I'm frankly amazed that this hasn't been posted already. Honestly, you disappoint me! Tongue

With my luck, it probably already was...LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Apr-2009 at 23:29
Oh dear I saw this topic a while back, but forgot to post on it. My apologies.

And no, it hasn't been posted Smile So thanks for pointing it out...it is difficult keeping up-to-date with all these new paleontological discoveries around the world. I must say that I was impressed with the monumental biting power, but a bit skeptical of methods used to 'estimate' it. Do you know how they might estimate it from a fossil, Argh? My guess is that it has something to do with the size of the zygomatic arch in the skull, from which conclusions about the temporal muscles can be drawn. I shall investigate!

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Yikes!! - and who said something about the "good old days"? Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheARRGH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Apr-2009 at 23:50
I would assume that estimating the size of the muscles used to bite would be the standard procedure. Probably also some comparison with living creatures (if any) of similar musculoskeletal design and/or ecological role.

That would be difficult in this case...I'm not entirely sure what (if any) modern animal pliosaurs are related to, but I feel certain it's a lot smaller and does not occupy the ecological role of "absurdly massive bone-crushing monstrosity."

I begin to wonder what other interesting creatures they have yet to dig up...
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Good to see we're in agreeance about the methods used to estimate biting force. And good point about the lack of an equivalent these days...none come to mind. I suppose we have the Sperm Whale, but I mean, come on - squid...

I guess in the end, we can never be sure about the biting force. Rest assured though, it's a heck of a lot more than anything we have around today. Wink

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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheARRGH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Apr-2009 at 00:17
Probably.

I'm somewhat interested as to what the population density of these things would have been. Obviously, one would have needed a lot of space to live and hunt...then again, if oxugen density was higher back then, biomass levels might have also--which would mean a somewhat smaller territorial requirement (at least, from the point of view of food acquisition) than a creature of similar size might require in our day and age.
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