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Re: Experts had thought only herbivores hunted in packs...

That is exactly my point. The alternatives to Currie's viewpoint don't make much sense (unless he blatantly ignored a bunch of other bones in the mix, which I seriously doubt he would do).
I feel quite comfortable giving someone like Currie the benefit of the doubt, especially when the source is a magazine with that kind of a caption below a picture of the wrong kind of dinosaurs. Either the caption should be different or a more appropriate picture for that caption. I suspect that the reporter may have taken the skepticism of others out of context and made it look more controversial than it really is.
As for brains, I would think any theropod's brain would be capable of complex social behaviors, especially considering the sociality displayed by insects like ants and bees.
From: "Michael A. Turton" <turton@ev1.net>
Reply-To: turton@ev1.net
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Experts had thought only herbivores hunted in packs...
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 09:16:39 -0600

> Wouldn't a flood-carried jumble tend to be a variety of dinosaurs
> (not to mention other animals), with herbivores outnumbering the carnivore
> bodies? Come to think of it, wouldn't this be true in the "tar trap"
> scenario as well?---unless a baby carnivore got trapped and the adults then
> got trapped trying to save it.

But that would imply the kind of social behavior the tar-trap scenario is supposed to
argue against. Besides -- five other individuals were killed. Is such behavior -- one
after another until so many are dead -- known from other group hunters?

Is it clear that no other dinos were found with the so-called "pack"?

Pack-hunting would seem to imply at least some other complex social group behaviors,
like group raising of young, food-sharing, and complex communication systems. Crocs
exhibit some of these behaviors. Do any birds? Did tyrannoraurs have the brain for it?


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