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Re: Definition of "scavenging"
I think the de Camp book (yeah, I read it too) dates back to late sixties
(1968 comes to mind). If I remember correctly, he had an opening scene
where a croc out-smarts a Tyrannosaur which he had mindlessly charging
around bellowing, having no clue that the croc pulled the carcass into the
water. Pissed me off as a kid......;)
To: kodiak; dinosaur
Subject: Re: Definition of "scavenging"
Date: Monday, February 02, 1998 2:12PM
In a message dated 98-02-02 12:43:20 EST, email@example.com writes:
<< And isn't it more likely than not that a T. rex, using it's imposing
size (and attitude), would steal kills from any smaller predator (including
other T. rex's) at every possible opportunity? >>
I think of this as the "de Camp" hypothesis, since I saw it first in the
_Day of the Dinosaur_ by L. Sprague & Catherine Crook de Camp, back in the
early 1970s. Any earlier references to the idea that larger-size dinosaur
predators evolved their larger size in order to "hijack" (as the de Camps
it) carcasses killed by smaller dino-predators?