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Re: SCRAPPING TYRANNOSAURS..




On Tue, 28 Nov 1995 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
>dwn194@soton.ac.uk (D.W.Naish) writes:
> 
> >I'm guessing they did the ol' Bakker lateral head-bashing, biting thing.
> >Kicking
> >seems appealing, but then, if I were a 5 tonne biped, balancing on one leg
> to
> >kick is one of the last things I would want to do. But who ever said combat
> >amongst individuals has to be 'safe'. Yeah, that's it - male tyrannosaurs
> >competed for females by kicking one another. The one that remains standing
> is
> >the winner! Pity the loser.. he could be permanently disabled, or perhaps
> >dead
> >(I'm joking, but it's still worth thinking about).
> 
> In a recent Scientific American article on extinct flightless predatory
> birds, the author depicted some kind of phorusrhacid subduing its prey (a
> small ungulate) by kicking it over _on the run_ and ingesting it whole. What
> do you think of that?
Interesting image.

Regarding standing on leg and fighting, what do modern analogs - say
an ostrich - do? Not the same bulk and dimensions as a rex, but
similarly arm challenged.

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