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RE: Pure predation
This discussion was started by consideration of Prof. Horner's
rejection of T. Rex as a predator.
If the attempt is to deduce behavior from fossils, redefining
predation or scavenging will do no good. I think this argument
has just re-proved the point that "predation" and "scavenging"
are behavior patterns engaged in by most carnivores. Animals
whose life depends on acquiring enough body fat to withstand
a hard winter, or enough muscle to duke it out with their
conspecific competitors, or food that will ensure the survival
of their young will not often refuse a free meal unless it is
proven toxic (e.g. too rotten to eat). Survival of the fittest
often means survival of the fattest.
> From: Patrick Norton[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Saturday, March 13, 1999 7:45 PM
> To: Dinolist(message)
> Subject: Re: Pure predation
> Roger Stephenson wrote:
> >I think that this point can be argued endlessly, if we so choose. I think
> >carrion should be considered rotten meat, not just dead<