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I have a really hard time considering a Tyrannosaur, a good swimmer. The
arms would be useless, and the balance of the animal would seem to be off.
It would seem to be almost suicide for a Tyrannosaur to enter deeep water.
-Bill Parker Northern Arizona University
On Sat, 8 Aug 1998, Jordan Mallon wrote:
> Hi again tout le monde,
> First off, I'd like to say thanks to all who contributed to my
> "theropod sunglasses" idea. Secondly, I'd like to raise a new point.
> Reading "PDW," I had to disagree with Gregory Paul's idea that
> herbivorous dinosaurs were far from being safe when chased into the
> water by large theropods (p. 45). If an Apatosaurus louisae (as
> depicted in the book) swam into 40 feet of water, it would have been
> more than safe from a pack of Allosaurus atrox. I say this because what
> would the attackers have done once they killed the apatosaur out so
> deep? If the victim didn't sink first, the allosaurs would have had
> three choices
> 1) eat and swim at the same time.
> 2) go back ashore and wait for the carcass to wash up.
> 3) somehow climb atop the dead body and eat the dead dino, then have to
> swim back on a full belly.
> I think all three choices are a little hard to imagine happening.
> Mr. Paul did raise the point, though, that there have been footprints
> found which seem to indicate some theropods chasing iguanodonts out of
> the water. So maybe a predatory dinosaur would follow prey out deep in
> hopes to chase it back to shore.
> Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I sure hope this hasn't been
> brought up before or I just waisted my time. Thanks.
> - Jordan Mallon
> PS- I think the only point Mr. Paul was trying to make was that
> theropods were good swimmers. I just took the thought a step further.