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Re: Stegosaur plates as protection......
At 08:49 AM 7/1/97 -0700, Randy King wrote:
>Great, there goes the basis of my whole argument. :)
>But I can't think of anything better. Anyway, an armored throat
>would suggest that that was important to defend.
Having seem the mount in question, the throat armor is, indeed, fairly
impressive, though not as hard as that of an ankylosaur.
> I might suggest
>that the throat was armored first, followed by the back? Hey, don't
>take that as gospel.
Structurally the throat scales are very, *very* different than the dorsal
plates. It is quite unlikely the plates are an extension of the throat
armor. The result of such an extension would be something like
_Pinacosaurus_ or _Hylaeosaurus_. (Hey - a theory of the origin of
Whatever selective processes led to the development of the plates of
_Stegosaurus_, they were different than the selection that produced the
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