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Re: Preview of new stegosaur plate paper

> Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 20:18:12 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Mark Hallett <marksabercat@yahoo.com>
> I agree with Cliff on this. Why have such a lethal,
> pointed structure as a stegosaur spike only for the
> purpose of display? If this were the case, one could
> imagine a lot of other, and perhaps more effective,
> shapes that would suit this purpose. A "one function
> only" idea would be in this case similar to the claim
> that ceratopsian brow horns probably weren't used for
> defense against predators, only for intraspecific
> rivalry. --Mark Hallett  

"Oh no -- I'm being attacked by a _Tyrannosaurus rex_!  What should I
do?  I can't use my brow-horns, they're just for display ..."

Doesn't ring true, does it?  :-)

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