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Re: Rough & tumble world
At 03:16 PM 3/4/99 -0600, Natasha Ramsey wrote:
> I know I'm not a dinosaur expert, but I read John
>Horner's book and I think perhaps his meaning of calling the T-Rex "an
>opportunistic scavenger, a connoisseur of carcasses, not an aggressive
>hunter like Velociraptor." was to make the point of just what a
>ferocious hunter Velociraptor was and that perhaps T-Rex wasn't the
>"Mighty Dinosaur King" that he has always been portrayed to be. I know
>I would love to hear John Horner's opinion on this phrase so that his
>meaning may be know.
Jack Horner has stated on numerous occassion and in numerous media that he
interprets tyrannosaurs as being primarily or exclusively scavengers. For
Horner, J.R. 1994. Steak knives, beady eyes, and tiny little arms (a
portrait of _T. rex_ as a scavenger). Dino Fest. Paleontological Society
Special Publication No. 7, pp. 157-164.
Horner, J.R. & D. Lessem. 1993. The Complete T. rex. Simon & Schuster.
The Museum of the Rockies exhibit "T. rex on Trial".
The documentary "The Ultimate Guide to _T. rex" (Cine Nova Productions, with
consultant "Tim" Holtz...).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661