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Further on ankylosaurus
At risk of further enhancing my growing reputation as the village idiot, it
has occurred to me that a therapod attacking an ankylosaurus from behind
would have to bend over a considerable distance, possibly exposing himself
to a whack with that club not only to the kneecap but perhaps to the
On a more serious note (except for the T-Rex hopping around trying
unsuccessfully to clutch his ballocks with his short arms), it has also
occurred to me while watching my four-and-a-half-year-old son making his toy
dinosaurs "hatch" out of styrofoam Easter eggs that the ridges on the back of
a Stegosaurus, beaks of ceratopsians, and perhaps even the club of an
ankylosaurus might have had their first evolutionary value in enabling the
young to break out of their eggs.
Then it also occurred to me, listening to my son make the flute-like hooting
sound that he imagines a brachiosaurus to have made, that the long throats
of sauropods and the altitudes to which they could crane their necks would
have made them capable of communicating deep sounds over extremely long
distances. Heck, they could have projected a burp for a couple of miles.
This too would seem to have had evolutionary advantages.
Cheers, Merritt Clifton, editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE.