A forthcoming issue of The Journal of Zoology will contain our paper on why sexual selection was not the main driver of neck elongation in sauropods.  That journal’s “Early View” facility publishes online before print, so it’s available to the world already.

The paper

High resolution figures

You can get these from Mike’s web-site. They’re the same figures as appear in the paper, but in higher resolutions.

SV-POW! posts

Elsewhere on the Web

10 Responses to “Taylor, Hone, Wedel and Naish (2011) on sexual selection of sauropod necks”


  1. [...] Tuesday morning, a rather nice article about our recent sauropod-necks-were-not-sexually-selected paper appeared on the BBC web-site.  At the time of writing, it’s just topped 100 comments [...]

  2. Adam Baig Says:

    I would agree that sauropod necks did not primarily evolve for sexual selection, but primarily for food reaching. Maybe sexual selection came as a secondary trait for the sauropod neck lengths, but it was not the primal factor. Perhaps bull sauropods neck wrestled as competition for mating rights. It is just like how the plates of a “Stegosaurus” primarily evolved as heat regulators and for intimidation against predators. However, the plates also became a secondary trait for sexual selection, such as a “Stegosaurus” having the most imposing plates as being the most attractive during mating season.


  3. [...] in the Journal of Zoology applied the “necks for sex” hypothesis to sauropods. Naish and the guys at SV-POW! have posted a preview of their paper [pdf] refuting the [...]


  4. [...] work.  Those two papers are the Taylor et al. (2009) paper on habitual sauropod neck posture and Taylor et al. (2011) on sexual selection of sauropod necks.  These were three- and four-way collaborations between myself, Matt, Darren, and for the latter [...]


  5. [...] deserved a wider audience: I hate to admit it, but those two papers (i.e., Taylor et al. 2009 and 2011) that had particularly protracted gestations and lots of review time are among the ones I am most [...]


  6. [...] is a very useful thing.  In our recentish paper on how sauropod necks were not sexually selected (Taylor et al. 2011), we wanted to mention in [...]


  7. [...] posted the reviews I receive? I already make pages on this site for each of my published papers (example): it would be easy to extend those pages by also [...]


  8. [...] friend, colleague, and sometime coauthor Dave Hone sent the above cartoon, knowing about my more-than-passing interest in sauropod [...]


  9. […] As it happens, right around now is also an important time for me, Matt and Darren because on Friday night we submitted our first joint-authored paper. I’ll say no more about that now, because hopefully before too long we’ll be able to discuss the published version. [Note added 22 June 2014: we did, extensively.] But making that submission was a landmark moment for The Three SV-POW!sketeers. Hopefully there’ll be more where that came from. [Note added 22 June 2014: there was.] […]


  10. […] active and knowledgeable researchers–including our fellow SV-POW!sketeer, Darren Naish, and sometime coauthor Dave Hone–writing on a broad range of interesting topics under the umbrella of […]


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