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RE: Species & Giraffe necks
Tom Holtz wrote, with regards to lions and tigers:
> Basically, yes. As Josh has pointed out, they are just about impossible to
> tell apart from postcranial skeletons. [...]
> If tigers were extinct but lions survived, we
> might assume that tigers were maned pack hunters: if vice versa, we might
> assume that lions were maneless solitary or small-group hunters.
I've seen leopards featured up in a tree, often with a carcass (or
part of a carcass) dragged up with them. Can tigers or lions climb
trees the way a leopard does? I was wondering - does a leopard have
any special adaptations in its skeleton for climbing trees, not
present in a lion or a tiger?
Extrapolating this to dinosaurs, some little (or not-so-little)
theropods could have spent some of their time in trees, without their
skeletons necessarily showing any obvious adaptations for climbing.
I'm thinking dromaeosaurids, troodontids (but not tyrannosaurids).