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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
>terrestrial animals.
>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.

                          Caleb Lewis

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