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Re: Dinosaur Copulation?
From: Dieter Birk <email@example.com>
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> I checked my copy of "Dinosaur Data Book" by David Lambert (1990)
> under the topic of "mating" but the emphasis was on "Winning a Mate"
> male combat, etc. by banging heads and clawing contests.
> Heterodontosaurus males had tusks (females none) and Lambeosaurus
> males had more prominent crest bone. Such bone-heads likely just
> got a "bang" out of it all.
Well, most crested hadrosaurs had *hollow* crests, so banging
them together would have been rather damaging. (Lambeosaurus
is a hollow-crested hadrosaur).
Now, the "bne-heads" themselves, the pachycphalosaurs, almost
certainly *did* butt one another like goats.
> Male dromaeosaurids likely fought
> with their claws.
Extremely unlikely - those claws were far too dangerous for
intraspecific combat use.
> Styracosaurus males likely clashed with
> their horns.
Though probably more in the form of "wrestling" matches than
The peace of God be with you.