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Re: T rex as scavenger (again....)

>I took notes during Horner's "T.rex as scavenger" talk; his points are
>summarized below.  I am still unconvinced, but I now have a much better
>appreciation for that viewpoint.  His arguments are:
>       - Predators *need* arms to catch prey.
>         T.rex arms are too small, with too limited movement to be used
>         to catch prey.

Must be a lot of hungry birds out there!  I wonder how the phorusracids managed?

>       - Predators need good vision, therefore large eyes.
>         T.rex had comparatively small eyes, and small optic lobe.

Um, how good does your vision have to be to spot a full-sized dinosaur in
broad daylight?

>       - T.rex had unusually large olfactory lobe; implies especially
>         acute sense of smell.  Only 2 other animals in history ever had a 
>         proportionally larger olfactory lobe:  kiwi and turkey vulture,
>         one of which is a scavenger.

And the other of which isn't.  Not too convincing.  Besides, maybe its prey
>       - T.rex teeth are often found among mono-specific bone bed sites;
>         implies T.rex was scavenging the mass deaths in herbivore herds.

I don't think there is any reason to say T. rex never scavenged.  Hyenas
both hunt and scavenge.  So do lions.

>These are good arguments, but I believe there are good rebuttals to each.
>Certainly T.rex scavenged opportunistically, but I still don't buy Horner's
>scavenger-only idea.

We'll never know, but I doubt it.
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