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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How a Dinosaur Is Like a Vacuum Cleaner

Yours truly has recently added Science's dino beat to his repertoire of science writing. Here's the first paragraph of my latest contribution to the dino literature. Click the link to read the rest.

The plant-eating sauropod dinosaurs, such as Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus (formerly called Brontosaurus), were the largest animals ever to walk on Earth, weighing up to 80 metric tons. Many also sported very long necks—though researchers have debated their purpose. Now, using some fancy mathematics and an analogy with vacuum cleaners, two scientists in the United Kingdom may finally have the answer.

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