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Re : For you T. Rex addicts out there! - Part 2
It does NOT have to be one or the other!
Can anyone name any LARGE OBLIGATE scavenger?
(Excluding _T. rex_ - of course :-) ).
Jack Horner certainly believes that _T. rex_ was not the mighty hunter,
but I think that he goes too far. Media bias plays along with this
(perhaps Jack is using the media because they often present things in
black & white, simplistic terms). I don't think that the majority of
theropod workers believe things are so black & white, cut and dried, or
Jack said once, jokingly, that maybe _T. rex_ jumped out from behind a
rock, and kicked over a _Triceratops_. I don't see any problem with
that. _T. rex_ had large legs, and surely would use them in catching
and subduing prey.
BTW, Jack's comment: "Nowhere in the scientific literature does anyone
present evidence to support T. rex being a predator - it's an assumption
we all have" -
is only true if you choose not to believe several papers. At least one
of those papers I know that Jack heard delivered, and he spoke
afterwards with the author. Jack just chooses to believe that the
evidence is not sufficient to overwhelm his own beliefs and assumptions.