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Re: The absurdity, the absurdity (was: Cooperating theropods?)
>> No, _not_ the same. Chris, you're arguing in generalities. Just
look at the animals, OK?
>Yes, I am arguing in generalities, because dromaeosaurs differ from
>modern predators in even the most general means imaginable. Compared
>a dromaeosaur, cats and dogs have an awful lot in common -- that was my
So: They were different from, say. cats and dogs in even the most
general means imaginable. Therefore they hunted in packs, just as so
many felids and canids do?
>Which, again, is why I said "perhaps" and "might". We don't know, and
>that means theories of pack hunting and preferred prey should not be
>dismissed out of turn because we can't find a modern analog. We simply
>have no idea.
But we do have an idea. We do have modern pack hunters, and
dromaeosaurs, as you point out, are nothing like them. We do have good
evidence of the possible true usage of the sickle claw, from a
fossilized animal pair (probably: repeated piercing of the neck around
the carotids), which evidence you have "dismissed out of turn" as a
silly velociraptor who just wasn't thinking.
(Let's keep in mind that we're not discussing "theories" here -- this is
all firmly in the realm of hypothesis.)
Once again, you can't assert that the sickle claw means all bets are
off, and then sit down with a fossil sickle claw in your hand and start
hypothesizing about predation. Why not? Well, if all bets are off, if
all analogies to extant animals are inapposite, then what on *earth* are
you using to form your brave new assumptions?
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