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Re: Dino reputation 'is exaggerated'
--- frank bliss <email@example.com> wrote:
There is no question that the anatomy
> of most
> Dromaeosaurids is not ideally suited for such
> activities but if you
> look at the coyote example, you will notice some
> similarities in
> anatomical deficiencies for such combat. Coyotes
> are not built ideally
> for taking animals larger than themselves but they
> do it anyway.
Coyote is more suited - longer-legged, attacks with
jaws which are thick and well muscled. Still, coyote
normally hunts small prey: rodents, rabbits etc.
Cattle calf which is helpless and not much bigger than
coyote is rare prey. Adult cow or elk is too big.
In particular, in Velociraptor / Terontosaurus clash,
size difference is roughly like coyote to adult
Holstein cow or American buffalo cow
(20-40kg/900-1000kg and 15kg/700kg).
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