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Re: Tyrannosaurus "Scavenger vs. Predator" debate - Some questions for Dr. Jack Horner:
I would think it would make plenty of sense for a large predator to grab onto
the horns of a triceratops, under certain conditions, of course. One being
that the predator had a choice: grab horns to direct them away from body. Or,
not grab horns, and allow them to contact body.
IF triceratops used their horns in a defensive manner, one would assume that
this defensive manner would be sometimes directed at A T.rex. In this case,
the T.rex would respond accordingly by either escaping, or physically defending
itself from the long sharp horns and massive beak. Regardless of how hard and
sharp they are, and regardless of what damage these horns WOULD do to the teeth
of a T.rex, biting onto horns is far better a choice than allowing that
particular end of a triceratops to come near one's body.
They certainly weren't DELIBERATLY going head to head with triceratops. Look
what happens when lions get tangled up with their prey's horns. and Antelope
and buffalo do NOT have giant beaks, either.