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Re: hunting strategies

At 06:51 PM 3/19/99 +0100, you wrote:
>Message from: Thomas Hammann
>Hi all,
>if I compare big theropods with big cats of today I'm asking myself if they
>also different hunting strategies as the modern top-predators. For example
>strategies depend much on the environment (open landscapes; rainforests; 
>mountains, deserts and so on...). Is there a theory of different hunting 
>strategies of dinosaur-species like T.Rex, Giganotosaurus or
>which, as I think, lived also in different environments?

Having spent a little time (!) on that subject: yes, there are theories of
different hunting strategies in different theropod groups.  For a
net-accessible (if somewhat out of date) summary, you can see the article
entitled something like "theropod hunting strategies" on

Or, check out the dinosaur list serve archives.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology              Email:tholtz@geol.umd.edu
University of Maryland        Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD  20742       Fax:  301-314-9661