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Re: T.rex predation
> On Thu, 18 Sep 1997 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:
> > So--the supposed "prey animal" got away, yes? It wasn't _killed_, yes? So
> > theoretically the _T. rex_ could have been a scavenger that occasionally
> > tried but couldn't kill live prey.
On Thu, 18 Sep 1997, Kevin James Dracon wrote:
> Yeah, just like lions, tigers, crocodiles, raptors...
Several other posts excluded for sake of clarity.
Although it would THEORETICALLY be true that _T.rex_ could have
been a scavenger that tried occasionally and unsuccessfully to kill (based
on healed bones) this is not evidence that _T.rex was an EXCLUSIVE
scavenger. It is only evidence that _T.rex_ was not a successful predator
100% of the time (just like every other predator...hey, in nature nobody
bats 1000). Therefore, such injuries DO NOT mean that _T.rex_ was an
exclusive scavenger, merely that it was not an infallible predator.
That aside, the sheer fact that specimens have been found with
healed wounds from a _T.rex_ bite suggests that _T.rex_ as a species
hunted successfully at least some of the time, or else it'd not waste the
energy of hunting animals it had no hope of catching.