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Re: Fw: Sauropod Necks As Weapons



From: "ashmidt" <ashmidt@flash.net>
Subject: Re: Fw: Sauropod Necks As Weapons


> Large lizards like Iquanas may be bad analogies to sauropods but as far as
I
> know they are the only living vertebrates that use their tails in defense
in
> this way

Crocs can deliver a nasty blow with the tail, which isn't surprising giving
the musculature behind it. However, rather than using the tail in isolation
as an iguana or monitor might do, the crocodile lashes out with its head as
well as the tail in the direction of the threat / annoyance - perhaps as a
way to maintain balance. It's often said that crocs use their tails as
weapons to unbalance prey, but perhaps such observers are concentrating on
the wrong end of the animal.

Adam Britton