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RE: T. rex as ankylosaur specialist
T rex probably ate any juvenile dumb enough to get within biting
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
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From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 12:21 PM
To: Ken Carpenter
Subject: RE: T. rex as ankylosaur specialist
Actually Ken, if you consider my earlier comment that TRex would
probably only go after juvenile Ankylosaurids, I think it would have
been feasible for it to bite down on the neck/head while leveraging one
foot on top of the Ankylosaurus (and necessary to keep the animal from
thrashing out of the grip of the TRex
No TRex in its right mind would go after a full-grown Ankylosaurid, I
agree completely on that. The adults would probably have been close to
impervious to attack, and you correclty point out one of the reasons why
the 'frontal attack' on an adult Ankylosaur would not have been likely
On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 12:15:42 -0600,
> Sorry, no, it does not make sense. Both Edmontonia and Ankylosaurus
> (Hell Creek and Lance Fms) were too tall and massive for a T rex to
> hold down with one foot.
> Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
> Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
> Chief Preparator
> Department of Earth Sciences
> Denver Museum of Nature & Science
> 2001 Colorado Blvd.
> Denver, CO 80205
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> Subject: RE: T. rex as ankylosaur specialist
> Good point. However I still think hat my head/neck
> bite hypothesis
> makes more sense...because as it bit down on the
> neck/head of the
> Ankylosaur the TRex could have placed one foot on top
> of the
> Ankylosaur's back, pushing it down to immobilize it
> under its own weight
> and allowing the TRex to get a more secure death grip,
> which it could
> hold til the animal died...does this makes sense to
> out there?
> On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 20:02:53 +0200,
> Jerzy.Dyczkowski@unibas.ch wrote:
> > Quoting email@example.com:
> > > Well, I suppose TRex might have been able to
> > > small Ankylosaur, but a full-grown one would have
> > > impossible to flip given the respective centres of
> gravity and body
> > > mass
> > I thought that ankylosaurids were not flipped
> completely upside down,
> > but just bent enough to expose sides and legs from a
> killing bite.
> > Armor of some ankylosaurids has a frill of spikes
> pointing sideways,
> > clearly protecting lower body from bite from above.
> > Jerzy Dyczkowski
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