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Re: [Re: Triceratops defence]
At 05:34 PM 6/14/99 MDT, Caleb Lewis wrote:
>> II) Best defense is a good offense: see I, then charge.
>rex, would he have been able to maybe dodge this charge and end up in a good
>biting position at the tric's side maybe? Or, is this expecting too much of
Well, sure, a _T. rex_ might be able to sidestep a charge. No attack and no
defense is perfect. But just because a boxer *might* be able to dodge a
right cross doesn't mean the other boxer isn't going to try it.
(Also, the charge would presumably be a short distance charge, not like a
medieval knight charging with a lance from across a field).
>This may also raise another question, I do believe that
>dromaesaurids (I hate that word, can never spell it right)
>were able to do
>this, now that would just be an unfair fight, a pack of something from the
>dromy family ganging up on a tric.....heheheh.....
True, but by the time _Triceratops_ was around (latest Maastricthtian) the
surviving dromaeosaurids (at least those found so far) were very small, and
there is no evidence for group hunting in these particular species.
>> III) Herd behavior. If _Triceratops_, like some other ceratopsids, were
>> herd animals
> Is there any evidence of this anywheres?
As Andy Farke has pointed out: not yet. There was a recent report of
multiple individuals of _Triceratops_ found at one site (at a golf course?
if memory serves) in Denver: this MIGHT have been a life assemblage, but it
could be an attitional assemblage: until we know the geology of the site, it
Larry Dunn wrote:
>In fact, would not Triceratops have been more
>maneuverable than T. rex? (Not faster.) Dr. Holtz,
>are you reading this?
Yes, I am.
One could argue that with the wider "wheel base" (wider hips), and being
quadrupedal, _Triceratops_ might more easily be able to shuffle around than
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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