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The current rehashing of the infamous "Was Rex a Hunter" debate has lead me to
a wierd idea (big shock, huh?).
In a hypothetical scenario, let's say that the crocodilyans(sp) went extinct at
the K-T Boundary. What would modern paleontologists say about the predatory
abilities of your average croc, based on skeletal information? Would people
clamor about how the crocs couldn't possibly be active hunters, especially if
they had to compete with the theropods?
My point is that crocs are actually fearsome and highly effective predators in
the fluvial environments where they live, using the nuances of the environment
to give them an advantage over their potential prey. The Nile and Australian
species are especially good at being active hunters of big game. Because of
this, we have no problem seeing a Mesozoic croc taking down a herbivorous
IMHO, Rex also could've used the nuances of it's environment to give it an
advantage over it's prey.
Comments or rebuttals?
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