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Re: Dromaeosaur hunting technique (was BCF ET CETERA)



Jonathon Woolf wrote:
> 
> Gigi Babcock or Ralph Miller III wrote:
> 
> > There are surely a variety of possible dromaeosaur hunting scenarios,
> > depending somewhat on the size, speed, and body type of the prey item in
> > question, and whether stealth, endurance pursuit, or pack hunting figure
> > into your view.  In our mammal-dominated world, big cats may finish off
> > their quarry with a precise bite, but the initial strike is often more a
> > matter of batting with the paws, snagging or hooking with the claws,
> > requiring only so much force as is needed to knock a running animal down,
> > or to drag a standing animal to the ground.
> 
> If I recall correctly, the typical killing bite for a cat attacking big prey 
> is
> a stranglehold.  Not very high-precision, nor a very graceful sight to see a
> half-ton wildebeest with a 150-kilo lioness dangling from its throat and two 
> or
> three others draped all over its flanks.  It's an ugly, nasty, slow, dangerous
> way to kill a prey animal, but sometime or other cats got locked into that as
> their stereotyped kill tactic.  Predators aren't always as graceful or well
> designed as we think they should be.
> 
> > Imagine, if you will, a _Deinonychus_ pack leaping onto a _Tenontosaurus_
> > individual with all claws at once (each theropod pulling its neck back into
> > an s-curve during the initial strike).  Perhaps the dromaeosaurs would then
> > quickly jockey for position until each secured a firm grasp of the
> > ornithopod with their forearms, freeing up the legs to facilitate raking
> > the ornithopod to ribbons.
> 
> A reasonable scenario, IMVHO.  Question, though: what happens if the dromies
> leap on board, and the tenontosaur then folds its own legs and rolls, hard and
> fast?
> 
> -- Jon W.

You get tenontosaur remains associated with deinonychus remains.
Wait, that sounds familiar... :)
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