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Spinosaurs as what?
So as I peruse through the watched artists' work at deviantART I find this
This prompts a number of questions and my firm rejection of this scenario.
Just be forehand warned that I did do a search on the Archives, I just want
to know if there are new developments in this.
I heard something about a sequence in the development of the secondary
palate among increasingly derived theropods, and that this was more related
with breathing while eating than anything else. Unless I am confusing this
with other taxa.
I'm more partial to viewing spinosaurs as giant flightless stork or heron
similes, albeit teethed, than to have them has crocodyle-type animals (No
matter that Sereno says Suchomimus was trying hard to be a crocodyle). As I
read on the archived posts, these animals used mainly the head in making
captures and they could have only waded and not swimmed to catch fish. And
then come the fact that if we view spinosaurs as occupying a stork-like
niche they can be viewed more as generalists than anything else.
Perhaps spinosaurs used their big bulk to cast shadows on the water to
attract unwary fish as African black herons do. Even that could be an
additional function for Spinosaurus's big sail.
Has any spinosaur less than 10 meters long been found?
Or perhaps spinosaurs didn't fish at all and those remains of Baryonyx found
with fish on its gut where of an subadult(?) animal that ate beached fish
and got a a fish spine or a fish jammed in its throat and died of
suffocation (I understand that the Cryolophosaurus individual died in a
similar way, with prosauropod bone).
My online art gallery:
Comments and critics are appreciated.
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