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RE: Suchomimus Photos Posted Online

Dann Pigdon wrote

>The main problem I have with the forelimbs being used to catch fish is
that, if the animal was bent down far enough for them to be able to
reach, that long head and neck would already be in a better position.
Plus using the head rather than the forelimbs it would have been able to
actually see what it was doing. I suspect it had better and more
manouverable reach with its head than its forelimbs, hence perhaps the
reason for the highly specialised head shape.

Yes, that thought did occur to me, essentially anything within range of the
arms has already come into range of the jaws.....which does make one wonder
about fish as a diet....I mean, the jaws look superb for catching, and the
claws for holding, but does the sleton articulate so that the claws could
pin teh fish to the ground while the jaws rip lumps off (rather like a bear
with salmon). After all, 10+ ft long fish are a job to swallow whole....

>If the skull had evolved as a specialised food gathering tool that was
no longer useful for active defense, then perhaps the huge thumb claws
and vertebral display developed as another means of defense (either
active or display-oriented).

No, I think it use the claws to climb to the tops of trees, and snatched
pterosaurs from the air with its jaws.....

*Something* had to be eating those things...