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 Posted: Sat Oct 30th, 2010 01:13 pm
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Dear Dr. Deb,

In looking at the photo of Eclipse on page 11 of your (fascinating!)article on the evolution of the horse, I noticed the shape of the cervical section of the axial skeleton* of Eclipse has no "S" curve to it.  Why is this?

Have I missed your explanation in the article, is the camera looking at it from an odd angle, (or did the museum personnel in charge of putting the skeleton together not watch your anatomy dvd?), or am I simply mistaken in what I think I am seeing?

*After viewing disk 1 of your Biomechanics dvd, watching it 4x, and taking notes the 4th time, I can now describe, at least in basic terminology, what I'm looking at.  How exciting is that!  Can't wait to dive into disk 2.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 30th, 2010 07:14 pm
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Yep, they've got the old boy stretched pretty good, don't they? The BM mount of "Eclipse" dates back at least a century, probably more; and often in the old days, when axial skeleton dynamics were not as well understood, you got "broomstick" mounts that lack the proper spinal curvatures.

Glad you're enjoying and benefitting from the "Conformation Biomechanics" DVD's. Cheers -- Dr. Deb

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