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Re: T.rex Predation and/or scavenging




>       I have seen the tail close up personally.  Ken's argument makes
> sense and is probably right.  I am mainly playing Devil's advocate, but I
> want to illustrate that T.rex as a serious, even habitual scavenger, is
> not at all at odds with its anatomy.  My main problem with the scavenger
> idea has not to do with the prompt location of local carcasses, getting to
> them fairly quickly, or chasing off competitors; I think T.rex has all
> these bases covered.  It is just questionable as to whether the mortality
> rate of ceratopsians and hadrosaurs (or sauropods further south) was great
> enough to supply the demand of a healthy sized tyrannosaur population.
> Again, I would like to see some hard numbers on this, but it may be
> questionable. I simply think Horner has a point in placing a much greater
> emphasis on scavenging in T.rex then for most modern carnivores, even if a
> large percentage, even more then 50% of its diet, came from hunting.
> 
> LN jeff
> )-     

I like discussing things with you, Jeff.  You are very reasonable and make
good arguments, often contrary to my own beliefs.  This is stimulating to
my own thought.  Thanks for your civility.

Jack