How did Moschops take a drink of water?

The dinocephalian synapsid,
Moschops (Fig. 1), looks like it could not bend its neck down to take a drink of water from the shoreline, giraffe-style.

Figure 1. Stiff-necked Moschops did not need to lean down, giraffe-style, to drink water. It could just wade into chin deep water.

Figure 1. Stiff-necked Moschops did not need to lean down, giraffe-style, to drink water. It could just wade into chin deep water.

But Moschops could wade
into chin-deep water, maybe where it’s plant diet sprouted. Okay, no big deal, but I’ve wondered this and the simplest answer did not come to me for some time, probably because I was giraffe- and wildebeest-biased. Watching my dog walk knee deep into a pond cleared the air for me.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “How did Moschops take a drink of water?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s