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Re: [Suchomimus tenerensis]
>The problem that I've found with trying to describe the behaviours of
>_Suchomimus tenerensis_ is that, while it was certainly big enough to
>large deinosaurs, it's jaws were slim as hell. About as slim as
>schlegelii_. How could this huge theropod take down another large
>with jaws that slim?
The same could be said by a paleontologist millions of years from now
who might happen to discover a corcodile or even an alligator skeleton.
They would also conclude that it must have had a pescivourus diet, and
its jaws would break under the pressure of anything else.
>If it tried it's jaws would snap under the stress. And if it used other
>parts to kill it's prey, then why evolve the long jaws in the first
Why not? If they had no use then they can evolve any which way that they
want. Evolution occurs (and this will seem very trivial to all you
people who already know this obviously)when a mutation or something
similar happens to take place, and that creature goes on to grow up and
survives to breed and pass on that trait to his young when he (I
apologize to all the women out there for putting all this into the male
form) mates, and eventually that species goes on to replace the previous
species, for whatever reason. So those jaws could easily have evolved in
whatever fashion, regardless if they were or were not used.
>The only thing that seems to make sense is the fishing existence.
>So the next logical question to ask is how an piscivorous, supposedly
>semi-aquatic animal grow to be so frickin big?
Really big fish. This guy could've been what Moby Dick had nightmares
>That I don't have an answer for.
>All the large semi-aquatic animals today are either herbivores, or eat
>Well, all but one, _Gavialis gangeticus_.
>So maybe if we can find out how a piscivore like _G.gangeticus_ can
grow to 7
>meters, then we can find out how an (assumed) piscivore like
>can grow to 9 meters.
>Any other thoughts?
Just the ones I stated in this e-mail post.
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