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Re: Velociraptor profiles



On Fri, 22 Mar 2002, John Conway wrote:
> [...]
> On Friday, March 22, 2002, at 05:58  PM, Jerzy Dyczkowski wrote:
> 
> >
> > There are several ways to check if Velociraptor was fighting with live 
> > one
> > or grasping the dead Protoceratops. Unfortunately, all require access to
> > primary fossil.
> 
> Or more argument.
> 
> If the rainstorm theory is correct then the "holding on for dear life" 
> scavenging theory is invalidated: why would it be hanging on like this 
> if it wasn't expecting anything.
> 
> Or if the sandstorm theory is right; then, what sort of animal, when 
> faced with a sandstorm, grabs on to a carcass not much bigger than 
> itself and hangs on until it is buried alive? Surely the Velociraptor 
> would have let go, as it would be better to be blown away than be buried 
> in sand.
> 
> Why didn't the Velociraptor make any attempt to shield it's 
> eyes/nose/mouth from the sand? It would have been able to position 
> itself if the Protoceratops was dead already. The way it is positioned 
> it's head is very exposed. Why didn't it tuck its head close to the 
> Protoceratops?
> 
> I think that best explanation is that it was struggling to get free.
> 
> I have tracked down some better photos on the web that give a much 
> better view of the arm/beak situation.
> 
> http://www.dino-nakasato.org/en/special97/Fight-e.html
> 
> It looks like the elbow, not the wrist, is in the beak. Still, it looks 
> like a bite to me.

If the protoceratops hadn't died in this position, the mount looks like it
was scavenging...