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Re: Definition of "scavenging"



T. A. Curtis wrote:
>    I've been having thoughtful conversations with Nicholas (sorry; don't
>know your last name) about whether T. rex was a scavenger or not, and it
>occurred to me that part of the problem with our discussion is that we may
>not have the same definition of the word.
>
>    My definition is pretty broad.  I consider any animal that steals a
>kill away from another animal a scavenger.  In other words, when a lion
>takes a fresh kill away from a cheetah, isn't that a form of scavenging?
>
>   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?
>
>    The theory that T. rex was a scavenger never meant that it was
>*exclusively* one, was it?  Surely this is impossible.  Conceding that
>point, then, why is there such resisitance to the theory that it was?
>Every animal will take food from a smaller one if given a chance.

Also--something that just occured to me--it was _the_ top carnivore of its
time.  In some places lions hunt more than hyaenas, in other places the
reverse is true.  It must have done both, there was nothing else in its
position (except for one or two other relatives) at the time.

Seth A. Ellestad.