So..apparently sauropods had neck bladders...

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  1. NGW

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    Umm.. ok.

    I call BS.
     
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    Reading the article, I can't see any proof. Just supposition.

    So the fact that they have bird-like skeletons SUGGESTS they had similar respiratory systems to modern birds. Not all modern birds have neck bladders. Could've been more like a pigeon.
     
  4. Hiraga

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    Dear Scientists,

    Stop it. Just stop trying to lame up the dinosaurs. It's ruining my childhood.

    Sincerely, Hiraga.
     
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    Hey look, its My Little Brontosaurs!

    Next they are gonna say T-Rex had giant pink neck frills with purple polka dots...
     
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    I can see it. Like Trex also having a turkey-style face-scrotum.

    It's not implausible - most animals have some sort of 'thing' to make them look bizzare and or, attractive. (Not all, admitedly, but a fair proportion of them.)
     
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    I think it makes them look more awesome. Especially in that picture where it's freaking purple.
     
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    So in other words, they got neck erections?

    I'm down with believing that.
     
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    No, no, no, no! Just no!

    I've loved dinosaurs since I was a child and I always considered them amazing creatures. However, this... THIS is not right! Dinosaurs are NOT amphibious! They are NOT frogs! Goddamnit!

    Uh... I think I'm gonna go lie down...
     
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    ..... This is.... Weirder than I'd ever guess.
     
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    Also, I have a confession to make. When I first saw this thread, I thought it said that sauropods had neck beards.

    Just figured that was worth mentioning.
     
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    This reminded me of that old idea that sauropods had TRUNKS.

    Most animals with inflatable display sacs have rather short necks. In fact, all the pictured ones are short, period. Creatures like elephants and giraffes don't do anything like this, and I'd imagine they'd be much closer analogies than (admittedly closely related) birds.


    I'm perturbed by all these sensationalist dinosaur "theories" with at-best shaky backup data. "T. rex was pure scavenger", "All these different species were just the same one", "Vampire pterosaur", etc. etc. *blegh* I'm all for re-examining what we thought we knew, but come on!
     
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    Ahahah those dinosaurs look FABULOUS.

    While I suppose its possible that giant lumbering herbivores would have display sacs (though usually larger creatures in the "modern" world attract mates through other things such as vocalization or, in the case of giraffes, ritual combat), it seems to me that a light skeleton and air bladders throughout the body of a brachiosaur would be much more useful in supporting the massive weight of such a creature, enabling it to be strong, but still flexible enough to graze effectively.

    Who knows, maybe such bladders acted as a secondary circulatory organ, pulsing to aid the flow of blood to the far extremities of the brachiosaur. Or maybe the brachiosaur WAS semi-aquatic after all, and the air bladders aided in buoyancy.
     
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    Perhaps it was not air... but dino-helium?

    They glide gracefully from tree to tree, in search of the tastiest morsels. At night, they take cover in the cloud layer to avoid rampaging turkeys-raptors.

    Mgnificent animals. I can picture them now. By curious coincidence, the dino-helium flowing through their throats would produce music not unlike Swan Lake.
     
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    Also signed, Optimus1986.
     
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    Haha April fool!

    Oh wait, what do you mean it isn't? I have to say though, when I first read the thread title about neck bladders, my intial thought wasn't about inflating sacks or anything, it was about dinosaurs peeing into their mouthes and squirting their wee at each others eyes... sort like a defence/douchebag mechanism...
     
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    I buy it.
     
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    is it me or does the one on the left look like it is choking to death? The white things on the head look like bulging cartoon eyes.
     
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    First, feathers on deinonychus.

    Now this.
     

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