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Re: Stegosaur plates as protection......
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> At 06:54 PM 6/30/97 -0500, Mark wrote:
> >Jurassic theropods were certainly not so top-heavy as a T. rex, but I still
> >rather doubt they would have grabbed a Stegosaur by the underside of the
> Especially since the neck of Stegosaurus, at least, was heavily armored, as
> documented by the two road-kill specimens and excellently mounted by Ken
> Carpenter in the Denver Museum. (The technology to do such mounts was
> absent in previous decades, so none of the older mounts show the "chainmail"
> arrangement of armor on the neck of Stegosaurus).
Great, there goes the basis of my whole argument. :)
It still seems odd that an animal would attack through the armor of that
But I can't think of anything better. Anyway, an armored throat would
that that was important to defend. I might suggest that the throat was
first, followed by the back? Hey, don't take that as gospel.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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