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Re: SCRAPPING TYRANNOSAURS..



In a message dated 95-11-28 08:55:51 EST, 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?