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Re: Rough & tumble world (was Re: "Dinos of a Feather" )

"Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." wrote:
> (And, come to think of it, rolling on its back would probably be the worst
> possible move a tyrannosaur could do: it loses its height advantage (death
> from above) and its speed advantage, and puts itself in a position
> (literally!) where the potential prey item could use its entire weight
> against it.).

Yes I see your point.
I'm thinking about fighting other T rexes actually.

Cats (even big ones like lions) fight other cats.  The cat that usually
fights with the biggest advantage is the one that gets the drop on the
other cat by rolling on it's side/back and bringing all four feet into a
defensive position-the other cat can only effectively use two paws to
combat this-the other two keep it balanced and upright.

Canids that fight other canids go for the face and throat-partially to
intimidate (Dogs have especially expressive faces in a fight and they're
very social pack animals-a fight is usually settling dominance, not
killing the loser)

T rexes as we know fight other T rexes.
I'm not saying that a multi-ton T rex would do something so silly as lay
on it's back waggling it's feet up in the air (exposing the tummy and
throat), BUT the instability/imbalance when kicking another biped would
at least go away if the Trex is off it's feet.  Since T rexes seem to do
bite-face a LOT maybe they don't kick each other when in combat.  Maybe
they kick each other as well as well as bite.  If they kick at another T
rex perhaps being more stable in balance becomes more important.  We
wouldn't want T rex to fall down in a fight after all.  Maybe it becomes
part of the goal to do as much as possible to trip the other guy first
and before the fallen T rex recovers the first would kick the snot outta
the fallen one.

-Betty Cunningham