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RE: Large man-sized KT dromies
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> John Conway
> On Monday, May 20, 2002, at 10:58 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> > You are not missing anything. There are as yet no large dromaeosaurs
> > known
> > from Lancian (Hell Creek, Lance, Scollard, etc.) formations. They were
> > pure
> > fantasy.
> Apart from T.rex, were there any predators from Lancian formations
> capable of bringing down large prey?
If _Nanotyrannus_ is a valid taxon, it could. Of course, most of Horner's
objections to _T. rex_ predation would actually apply to all tyrannosaurids,
so the point is moot.
If the bigass oviraptorosaur was a predator, it might concievably taken down
at least mid-sized prey (young ceratopsids, thescelosaurs, etc.).
Otherwise, any large non-_T. rex_ terrestrial predator in Lancian sediments
has slipped under our taphonomic radar, at least so far.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
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