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Re: hadrosaur tails, a tail of two defences, or a hadrosaur! Wh
> Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 08:57:25 -0700
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> From: Stanley Friesen <firstname.lastname@example.org:
> Even if this might work, prey species generally do not do this sort of
> thing. Given a choice they *always* run *away*. I cannot, offhand, think
> of any exceptions to this.
Depends on what you catagorize as "prey species." If you mean
herbivores that predators are capable of preying upon, then, of
course, the water buffalo comes to mind. They aggressively defend
themselves. Lionesses generally avoid preying on them, but if
hungry enough all of the lionesses in the pride will pile on to a
water buffalo, and are generally capable of subduing it without
casualty to the pride.
If you just mean herbivores *period*, then of course the group
expands. The Rhinoceros and the elephant are more than any pride
could handle without the very real possibility that the feeding
event will kill a member.
Although this is an intriguing conversation, it also points out
some of the frustrations of reconstructing the lives of the
dinosaurs. ( I've learned a lot about the living animals discussed in
any event!) We can look at remains of cave bears or mammoths and more
or less analogize them to behavior of closely-related living animals.
What living animal even *vaguely* resembles the forty-foot, six-
(four-? eight-?) ton, T-shaped T rex? Is there an extant herbivore
even remotely similar to Parasaurolophus? Simple analysis of
the "physics" of the animal can lead to biased and otherwise
extremely misleading results, and analogy to modern animals is
basically comparing apples and ziggurats.
Unless we can clone them (now there's a novel idea), dinosaurs will
probably always remain what we want them to be rather than what they
"The little man went up and down
To find an eating place in town
He looked the menu through and through
To see what fifteen cents could do --
Well, he could afford but one meatball"