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Re: broken fibulas
Nick Longrich wrote:
>On Thu, 7 Nov 1996, Mickey Rowe wrote:
>> [Somebody (Mikiel?) know which of Sue's bones were broken? Somebody
>> (Ti... er Tom?) want to comment if said bone might have been as
>> redundant for her as for Ray? My bet is that a Tyrannosaur would
>> have much more difficulty with the break of *any* leg bone than a
>> human would have with a broken fibula. -- MR ]
> Fibula. Can't find a ref, though.
>[Ok, we'll take your word for it for now. Tom, comments? -- MR ]
> nick L.
Well, I'm not Ti -- er, Tom, but I'll comment: can we measure the
section modulus of the tibia, and calculate from that how well Sue (or
any T.rex) could move with a broken fibula? Maybe walk, but not run?
Maybe walk 2+ miles back to camp? (I suspect Brian Curtice had
something to do with Sue's broken fibula!)
And while I have come in on the "predator" side of the
"predator/scavenger" debate, I think a slightly crippled T.rex could
probably survive by scavenging. An animal Sue's size has a LOT of
power to impress the little scavengers, or even other big killers.
(...but I still think healthy ones hunted!)