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Re: Protoceratops the aggressor
Bryan Stahl writes;
> I may be totally off on this, but I've often thought that Protoceratops may
>have been similar to modern pigs: opportunistic omnivores (herbivorous
>unless eggs or carrion are available, but not dependent on them.) Anyone
>have thoughts on this?
Some modern herbivores will eat meat if the opportunity arises (white-tailed
deer have been spotted eating fish that have been washed up onto the shore of
lakes and rivers), so the idea of a confirmed herbivore having an omlet is not
out of the question. Protoceratops lived in a relatively arid environment, and
any survival edge it came across would undoubtedly be seized, to cope with the
difficult conditions. If it knew that a ready meal was available in another
animal's nest, then it may just go and take it (has there been any "attitude
checks" done on Proto; how tempermental was it?), or grab an egg quick while
the mother isn't looking.
Of course, the difficult-to-prove question remains: Did it do this????
As an aside, the environmental interpretation of Protoceratops-bearing beds has
left me a little confused. The sedimentology suggests a heavily sand-dominated
environment, which would suggest dry conditions (or at least one with little
sand-trapping vegatation; this could be synonymous). OTOH, the sediments have
a red color, which would suggest that water was abundant (oxidation being the
major factor), not to mention the reports of plesiosaur material. How do we
balance these two ideas into a full picture of the environment of the
"Keep your stick on the ice."