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Re: New dinosaur and nature programs from Impossible Pictures (joke)
Dear Dann and List,
Bakker addressed this in a very amusing talk at the recent T-Rex
Symposium. He believes, like you do, that A. if rex tried to grab a fleeing
hadrosaur with his arm that it would it rip off ( complete with a graphic
cartoon ) and B. That T- Rexes used thier arms for mating claspers. One of
the many informative and great talks at the symposium.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dann Pigdon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "DML" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: New dinosaur and nature programs from Impossible Pictures
> Tim Williams wrote:
> > Sure, a skinny Hollywood
> > actress may have slipped through his fingers (and probably were not
> > eating), but the forelimbs of _T. rex_ were probably useful for
> > *something*. Maybe they served as grappling devices, to help secure
> > prey that was held by the powerful jaws. Like hadrosaurs, or even
> > titanosaurs (in the American SW, anyway).
> I have trouble with this use for the forelimbs. I don't care how strong
> the forelimb muscles of a 'rex were - surely trying to hold back a
> struggling multi-tonne hadrosaur (or worse, a sauropod!) would rip an
> arm from its socket?
> I prefer the 'mating claspers' idea myself (as in marine turtle
> 'thumbs'). Or perhaps the forelimbs were of more use as juveniles (when
> they were relatively larger), and the 'rexes outgrew them.
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS / Archaeologist http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia http://heretichides.soffiles.com