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Re: new boook on functional morphology
On Mon, 22 Jan 1996, JCMcL wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Jan 1996, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> > What, for instance, was something like Pachyrhinosaurus doing
> > with its strange lump of a horn?
> > --
> > Ronald I. Orenstein Phone: (905) 820-7886 (home)
> Good question! And is there anyone out there who knows much about
> rhinoceros behavior - what is the primary employment of the rhino horn?
> The only pachy skull I ever saw seemed to have a heavily-vascularized
> horn lump, perhaps suggesting a since-lost overlay of horn of some
What about the suggestion that the nasal boss in _Pachyrhinosaurus_ (and,
presumably, _Achelousaurus_) supported an enormous, entirely keratinous
horn like that of a rhino? I would assume that such a structure would
be for display purposes only.
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