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getting up by palaeorigamipete getting up by palaeorigamipete
a comparison of a monoped and a biped getting up when they fall.

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this is the monopod in question: [link]

I used front view to illustrate this because it permitted all legs being visible in both cases.

I propose the most likely position the monoped could be found in after a fall is on its side.

in the biped sequence, i propose this is what it would look like when t-rex was getting up. (minimal forelegs)

In step four of the biped sequence, the hip joint is a ball joint so you see the leg from the side rather than front.

the same is true for step two of the second monoped sequence, but there i argue the joints are being subjected to too much strain or even dislocated.
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Scinlao Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true. If you're going to have a monopedal creature, a good idea is to give it a long, heavy tail to throw to give it an extra push up.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well it coulod help of course, but I think hopping as the only possible way of movement is incredibly energetically expensive, so monopods as such are not very plausible. =) anything with two and mor elegs would outcompete them anyway =)
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Scinlao Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh of course! I totally agree :P But there are some accommodating variables if they need to be present :P
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there always are more variables :lol:
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Scinlao Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love variables ^^ lol
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, this is great!

I suppose a long, flexible body could allow it to roll onto its single leg, but then balance would be a real problem...
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not sure I can picture the process you're proposing :-? but as I said above, there is nothing inherently wrong with monopods not being able to get up, all lifeforms have their limitated and constrained by their anatomy :D
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough...

I was picturing a ridiculously long, serpentine body that was able to place its single foot underneath it simply by coiling around that one foot... but honestly, it would barely be able to move...
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, that serpent would probably be much better off being legless XD
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