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Re: Velociraptor v. Protoceratops?



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From: TomHopp@aol.com <TomHopp@aol.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Friday, August 10, 2001 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: Velociraptor v. Protoceratops?


>Larry Febo wrote:
><< I favor the slumped dune scenario. I haven`t had the pleasure of
observing
>the specimen up close, but wouldn`t a windblown deposit show striations in
>the sand grains? (wheras a slump most likely wouldn`t on a small scale?).
>Also, I can`t see the two combatants in question ignoring  a sandstorm
while
>fighting to the death.  >>
>
>Windblown sand strata commonly have layering and striations, but this was
>proposed to be a dust storm deposit. Dust storms dump, like snowstorms.
There
>are no stratifications within a single event. Here in Washington State, we
>have strata of dust-deposited loess that are up to hundreds of feet thick
>without any layering.
>The notion of dust piling up on dead animals is much simpler than either:
(1)
>gee a dune is collapsing on me while I fight this death struggle -- guess
>I'll hang on and get buried anyway. When I'm buried, I still won't let go
to
>try to escape; (2) flood-washed velociraptor gets hand caught in mouth of
>passing protoceratops corpse. I'd rule the latter out anyway because the
>velociraptor's head posture is not stream-washed (hyperextended) but rather
>S-curved and retracted away from the protoceratops -- its final life-pose.
>
>
>Thomas P. Hopp
>Author of DINOSAUR WARS, a science fiction novel published by iUniverse
>Now Humans are the Endangered Species!  http://members.aol.com/dinosaurwars
>

Don`t you think the velociraptor would have bitten it`s hand off to escape
if it had the time???