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Re: sauropod killers

--- "King, Norm R" <NKing@usi.edu> wrote:

> Imagine what it would be like if you tried to eat a
> live cow, one bite at a
> time.  Or a marlin--you land it on the boat, then
> take one bite at a time
> while it's slashing around on the deck.  I don't
> think either approach would
> work well.  

Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Seriously though, my thought was not that of a
theropod eating the thing down to the bone bite by
bite.  It was more like taking one bite and, well,
that's it.  

Pay me $50 to take a single bite out of your marlin
and I just might do it, Norm.  Pay me $50 to go bite 
the thing to death, then eat it, and I might not do
it, even though I'd get a better meal (mercury and

I'm certainly not imagining that as the sole method of
obtaining food, or even the primary method.  But it
would do now and then, I'd imagine.  I remember a
Hallett illustration from a National Geo of a few
years back depicting hungry theropods doing just this
to a juvenile sauropod.  

I also recall that some species of bird flys around
munching on cows (?) in a similar fashion (although
maybe I dreamed that; I'll check with my therapist).

That might even explain the "Paluxy jump" (sorry Jim

Well, enough crackpot theorizing for today.


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