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RE: Utility of Scavenger vs. Predator Argument
In certain Instances, Yes. I refer you to Gonyea, W. J. 1976. Adaptive
Differences In The Body Proportions Of Large Felids. Acta Anat.96:81-96.
and Gonyea, W. and R. Ashworth. 1975. The Form And Function Of Retractile
Claws In The Felidae And Other Representitive Carnivorans. J.
Morphol.145:229-238.Big cats can pull down animals up to 5X their own
weight ( i.e., Tiger vs Gaur bull ).
Stephen Faust email@example.com
On Thu, 19 Feb 1998, John P. Poynter wrote:
> Well OK, but do predators actually kill prey many times larger than
> themselves? For instance, does a lion pride go after the big bull elephant
> or do they go after the more manageable elephant calf?
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> Subject: RE: Utility of Scavenger vs. Predator Argument
> [John P. Poynter] Toby White said: What are the implications when one
> kill of a major
> herbivore is a lot more than the hunter could possibly eat? Does that
> that they hunted in groups to make more efficient use of the kill? Did it
> mean that there was a regular sequence of scavenging among different
> predators regarding the same kill? Imagine if the only food items
> were 1 kilo hamburgers which were very expensive.to take?