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'High-heeled' dinosaur walked on its tiptoes

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A 24-tonne dinosaur may have walked in a 'high-heeled' fashion, according to University of Queensland research.

UQ Ph.D. candidate Andréas Jannel and colleagues from UQ's Dinosaur Lab analysed fossils of Australia's only named Jurassic sauropod, Rhoetosaurus brownei, to better understand how such an enormous creature could support its own body weight.

"Looking at the bones of the foot, it was clear that Rhoetosaurus walked with an elevated heel, raising the question: how was its foot able to support the immense mass of this animal, up to 40 tonnes?" Mr Jannel said.

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-high-heeled-dinosaur-tiptoes.html

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acute

We already have a high-heeled dinosaur! The Theresa-saurus Brex.

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Susanc241

From the very interesting images of an human foot (X-ray) and an elephants foot (cross section) it appears even elephants walk on their toes as well.  Horses walk on what was their middle toes earlier in their evolution.  And so do lots of other animals to varying degrees.  That a dinosaur did isn’t perhaps that odd in the grand scheme of things.

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Impedancer

Thats one fancy dino on the cat walk.

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