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Re: T.rex predation



Dann Pigdon wrote:
> 
> Chris Campbell wrote:
> > <snip>
> >
> > And, actually, this makes perfect sense as a hunting strategy.  Horner's
> > advanced the idea that _T. rex_ was big to scare off other
> > predators/scavengers, but what if it was big just to scare off nesting
> > parents?  Those nests wouldn't be exactly easy to hide, they wouldn't be
> > mobile at all, and their scent would stick out like a sore thumb
> > (wonderful for someone with _T. rex's_ sense of smell).
> 
> Not necessarily. The Indian black buck (a type of antelope) does not
> have any scent for the first few days of birth. It's not until the
> fawn (the correct term?) is a few days old and somewhat mobile that
> its scent glands kick in. Until then it is hidden off in long grass
> somewhere away from the main herd where it spends much of its time
> alone just lying still, with the mother coming in to feed it
> occasionally.

But these aren't deer, they're nesting dinosaurs.  Nests smell, due to
the combination of food brought by the parents, wastes, many occupants
of the nest, and so on.  Hadrosaurs couldn't use the same strategies as
deer.

Chris