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Re: Tyrannosaurus vs. "larger" Theropods
One thing that interests me concerning _T.rex's_ abilities vs. other
theropods is its degree of binocular vision. I remember reading an article
in Earth magazine that reported on Kent Stevens' findings that _T.rex_ had
binocular vision nearing that of a cat, and that other large theropods (a la
_Carcharodontosaurus_) had binocular vision similar to that of an alligator.
It was these findings that led Stevens to suggest that perhaps dinosaurs
like _Carcharodontosaurus_ were an ambush predators, waiting for their prey
to get in close before they strike. He also commented that the larger
degree of binocular vision found in 'tyrannosaurs, velociraptors, and
troodons' may have been used for nocturnal vision or for making fine spacial
distinctions. But whether or not this makes _T.rex_ a "better" predator
than other large theropods is irrelevent (I guess).
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