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Re: [RE: Species & Giraffe necks JOKING OF COURSE]

<TWILLIAMS@canr1.cag.uconn.edu> wrote:
> Tom Holtz wrote, with regards to lions and tigers:
> > Basically, yes.  As Josh has pointed out, they are just about impossible
> > 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).
> Tim

I don't know, I think it would be pretty neat to see a 7 tonne _Tyrannosaurus
rex_ basking on a tree limb, or perhaps an _Albertosaurus libratus_ jumping
from tree to tree like extant lemurs in Madagascar do. Course if they behaved
anything like modern day tree dwellers then I wouldn't want to walk under
those trees :)

Archosaur J

Jurassosaurus's Reptipage: A page devoted to the study of the reptilia


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