[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: Hadrosaur defense (getting mouthy with T rex)
From: DinosØMP <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 1996 17:53:56 -0800
Subject: Re: Hadrosaur defense
Tracy Ford wrote:
> Tail defense is all well and good, but I'm sure their main defense was
> it's mouth. Just look at it's beak. The premaxilla and predentary had
> serrated edges, they had strong jaws, and some had a very wide beak.
> The only ones that had to worry about getting eaten were the small and
> indigent, Old. Some were as big as T.rex itself, so I doubt they
> had anything to worry about.
DinosØMP <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
"Zebras live in BIIIG herds, they do have STROOOONG jaws, and a
TEEERIBLE bite. They are BIIIIGGER than a lion, but they DO have
something to worry about!"
This is a really good point. Something else occurred to me: I understand that
many large carnivores of both the Jurassic and Cretaceous had bite wounds in the
face that suggest rather literal face-to-face encounters. Perhaps hippos are at
least something like this in their behavior. For a Hadrosaur to match maws with
a T rex, for instance, would be a serious mismatch -- rather like a lion, whom
we can concede has a good bite, going maw-to-maw with a hippo. Also it violates
one of the most important and widely respected dictums of the Cretaceous: never
kiss a Tyrannosaurus on the lips.