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Re: Trexie and whales..?!
>have any idea what sort of natural mortality rate Triceratops (and
>duckbills) might have had, and how much meat this might have provided for
>a T.rex population?
Ultimately, this may be irrelevent. The fact is that all ecosystems have a=
top predator; whether its lions on the serengeti, or wolves in northern=
Minnesota. Now I do think that its good to examine our ideas about T. rex,=
and look at whether it really was a predator; but our follow up question=
must be: If T. rex was not the top predator, then who was? To my=
knowledge, there is no information of the possible existence of another=
There have also been numerous studies involving the interaction of=
moose and wolves. These studies have concluded that in order for the herd=
to be stable genetically, and in numbers of individuals, there must be some=
kind of active predation.
Now I know that this doesn't answer all the questions about the late=
Cretaceous ecosystem, but I do think that these are things to keep in mind.=
Besides, just because we don't think something makes sense (like T. rex=
predation), doesn't mean that it couldn't happen.
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