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Re: Any more news on Horner's _T.rex_ digs? (it's all about the limbs)
Yes, I'm obsessed with the Big Guy (_T.rex_, NOT Horner!). I'm still
mercilessly teased by the prospect of a slew of new _T.rex_ specimens to
You mean those digs where T.rexes found in older layers then previously
though, when scaled beside the more "modern" T.rexes, was supposed to
"prove" Horner's theory on how T.rex (and Tyrannosaurids in general) were
developing less gracile limbs as they progressed and hence were scavengers
because they could not catch their prey? I've not heard much about the new
T.rexes found by Horner, except his fixation on their limbs and apparent 10
percent larger size then Sue.
How strong is the "it-was-too-ungracile-to-catch-prey" argument anyway?
Despite it's apparent proportions, T.rex was still more gracile then any of
its potential prey items. So a race of the cripples it becomes. All the talk
about T.rex being too slow to catch prey (when ironically it was probably
the fastest 6-ton critter around) is somewhat questionable in logic
considering Horner never made an effort to explain how the duckbills, which
would have been staple Tyrannosaurian chow, could outrun them in the first
place. Why point out a T.rex could not do warp nine when it didn't need to
do more then warp three to catch prey? It's pretty much like arguing a house
cat can't do cheetha-like speeds and therefore could not hunt and catch prey
like mice! The duckbill speed equation is ommited from his scavenger
Let's not go on about the small limbs, bad eyesight, and swarms of dog-sized
top-predator dromies bringing down multi-ton prey...gggrr...no, I'm not
bitter about that Discovery pseudodocumentary.
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