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Re: When carnivores kill other carnivores... (Morrison movie questions)
For those of you who don't know, I'm doing research for a script I'm
writing. This subject line plays right into some questions that I have
about this kind of situation. I have a scene (previously set as a
sauropod stampede, which notion Dr. Carpenter kindly euthanized)
involving large amounts of carrion in the environment preserved in the
My questions are:
1) Is Saurophaganax a distinct species, or is it just a very large
Allosaur of another species? (And under what circumstances do you
capitalize the name of a species?)
2) Huh. So there's a giant Ceratosaurus in the Morrison formation.
Would it get to be as large as the one that seems to have been present
in the Tendaguru? (And for that matter, how reasonable would it be to
use species from the Tendaguru formation in a Morrison setting?)
3) At this point, is it possible to reconstruct Torvosaurus with any
degree of accuracy, and if so, where would I look for skeletal
4) How reasonable is it to use Acrocanthosaurus or a similar species in
a Morrison setting?
The scene I have in mind involves the aftermath of a mass slaughter of
Seismosaurs. (People are after the gastroliths. I'll have more
questions on this subject.) Some thirty or forty animals have been
killed, and the harvesting of the gastroliths has begun. Blood is on
the wind, and the local predators are starting to swarm. One of the
lead characters makes use of the presence of the predators to conduct
an assault on the folks who slaughtered the Seismosaurs. If anyone has
any ideas at all about this scenario, I'd be happy to steal from you.
I'd like to be able to include some of the lesser known species like
Torvosaurus and Acrocanthosaurus just for giggles, and since both of
those species appear to be able to, uh, defeat an Allosaurus of
comparable dimensions in combat they have particular appeal.
Sean Craven (Karen Casino is the missus. We share an email account...)