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RE: Deinonychus hunting techniques (was Re: Benton et al.'s Super tree & The ecology of the Cloverly formation)
Rutger Jansma wrote:
> The same method was used in the possible aboreal Microraptor and was
> retained in the more advanced genus Deinonychus. A feather covering
> provided the lift to manouver and stabilized the animal before it
> arrived at the back of the prey. [snip] But as you have said, the
> hindlimb abilities of Deinonychus suggests also that the jump could
> have been made from the ground. Still, the stabilisation
> holds for the arms. You can laugh if you want,
Laugh? I think it's a brilliant idea. I've suggested a similar hypothesis
a while back. It's also a very similar idea to the 'Pouncing Proavis'
hypothesis advanced by Garner et al. (1999).
> But...there's always a "but", how incredibly strong were the arms of
> T.rex and what was their limit of subduing or holding prey? Doubt they
> could have held down a Anatotitan or Triceratops.
Not 'hold down' so much as help to hold the prey in place.