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Re: theropod sunglasses?
You read my mind exactly. Not only do cheetahs have the
characteristic black stripe under the eye, but many birds do as well (
Peregrine falcon, for instance.) Actually, I recently finished a
drawing depicting an Allosaurus fragilis brandishing this decor.
- Jordan Mallon
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>From: Dann Pigdon <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: theropod sunglasses?
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>Jordan Mallon wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I'm new here, so don't bite.
>> I am rather surprised I haven't heard this before, ( has it been
>> mentioned?) but I think the big hornlets above the eyes if the large
>> theropods ( Allosaurus, Carnotaurus, etc...) could have been used to
>> block out the Mesozoic sun. Today's sidewinder snake has adopted
>> similar protrusions above its eyes and they seem to do just fine at
>> protecting the eyes from the sun. Does anyone think this is a valid
>Absolutely. I would go one step further. Cheetahs (which hunt primarily
>during the day) have black markings around their eyes to help cut
>down on glare. Perhaps we should see more life restorations of
>with obvious orbital/nasal ridges and black markings below the eyes.
>Incidently it seems that humans are aware of the usefullnesss of such
>markings, as used by American football players.
>Orbital horns may not have always served this purpose though.
>Carnotaurus had quite pronounced horns, but pathetically tiny eyes.
>I'm sure that protection from other head butting/swinging theropods
>and that old favourite display also played a significant role in the
>development of ridges and hornlets on theropod skulls. Which is the
>secondary purpose remains to be seen.
> Dann Pigdon
> Melbourne, Australia
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