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Re: biggest predators (Allosaurid "Dynasty")
> Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 15:57:20
> From: "Ken Kinman" <email@example.com>
> However, I have become rather impressed with the Family
> Allosauridae in particular, which not only has the most contenders
> for "biggest" theropod, but also produced these contenders over a
> long period of time. If Tyrannosaurus was "a king", it seems
> appropriate to point out that Allosaurids produced a more extensive
> dynasty of kings.
Well yes ... but then the Tyrannosaurs were rather cut off their prime
by that inconvenient bolide. (Or volcanic activity! Don't hurt me!
:-) Given the increase in bulk through the chronological sequence
T. efremovi -> T. bataar -> T. rex, I can't help wondering just how
big those beasts might have got if they'd made it through K/T.
Anyway -- since one of the forthcoming FAQ questions was going to be
about the biggest dinosaurs, I have taken the opportunity to compose
recent postings into a first stab at answering the question ``What
were the longest/heaviest predatory dinosaurs?'' That first stab can
be found at
I welcome any corrections or other feedback.
DISCLAIMER: I have not yet integrated Thomas Holtz's "Geeze, what a
way to start the week..." rant :-)
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor -- <firstname.lastname@example.org> -- http://www.miketaylor.org.uk/
)_v__/\ "Well, I didn't vote for you" -- Monty Python.