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This seems an interesting thread so I thought I'd contribute my two
Granted that the reasoning below by Mr. Mallon is logical I would have
to say that theropods would operate on instinct rather than reason.
Surely the predatory instinct would drive the theropods to pursue
their prey into any terrain (short of commiting suicide that is). If a
theropod is capable of navigating a body of water (isn't there
evidence of possible theropod fording of rivers - i.e. partial
fossilised footprints?), it must be capable of driving a panicked prey
animal before it and out of the water, especially if it was engaged in
group hunting? I would also tend to think that the last place a
sauropod would instinctively run to for safety would be water -
wouldn't there always be a danger of becoming slowed by muddy terrain
on the softer foreshores of a body of water? Surely a sauropod would
seek safety with its herd first.
On another tack, if we accept that Mr. Mallons arguments are valid
then is it not also possible that the theropods would follow anyway
driven by the same predatory instinct? Are there not examples of other
predators following prey animals to their own detriment (I'm thinking
now of smilodon becoming trapped at La Brea after attacking mired
Is this reasoning flawed? I'd really like to hear some feedback if
possible. Thank you.
Miguel A. Garcia
Jordan Mallon wrote:
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
> swim back on a full belly.