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Re: Cursorial adaptations (was T.rex and elephants)
> > Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 01:18:41 -0700
> > Reply-to: Sankarah@ou.edu
> > From: Chris Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: Cursorial adaptations (was T.rex and elephants)
> We have to remember that _T. rex_ didn't have to catch
> > its prey; they're slow enough that closing the distance isn't the
> > problem. Being able to get around things like pokey horns would be a
> > good thing, however, and high mobility would help that. Being able to
> > get at the prey before help arrives (you know those big, lumbering tanks
> > of herbivores won't be turning about very quickly) would also be a very
> > good thing.
> Why would prey necessarily be slow? Rhino are not slow nor unagile
> and are comparable in size to triceratop(what's the plural?).
How many thirty foot rhinos have you run into lately? Estimates I have
handy on its weight put it at around 10-11 tons; given that it's a big,
wide, graviportal animal (I think? Someone correct me here . . .) I
think it's safe to say a rhino would leave it in the dust. I think a
_T. rex_ would be able to outmaneuver a lone individual fairly easily;
it's when they circle up in groups that they're practically
> Whether they did run fast is for the imagination unless someone comes
> up with the tracks.
While that's true to a certain point, speculating that tyrannosaurs
could outrun them doesn't seem that out of line.