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Re: When carnivores kill other carnivores... (Morrison movie questions)

--- Karen Casino <kcasino@comcast.net> wrote:

> Hey, all!
> 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 
> Morrison formation.
> 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 
> diagrams, etc?
> 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.
> Yours,
> Sean Craven (Karen Casino is the missus. We share an
> email account...)

No Acrocanthosaurus as it was early Cre. 

The Seismosaurs would walk away from danger or attempt
to kill whatever was causing them problem. 

At the feeding time I would think that the humans
would be ignored because they would be unrecognised as
a threat both because they had not be previously
encountered and their size would make them seem like
mid sized theropods. Also with so much meat around no
one is going to be conserned with little things.
(unless it's 06 king kong and the v rex wants a light
{blond} snack)

I do however think that anyone who would kill a bunch
of seismosaurs deserves hideious death at the claws of
ornithiolestes or like monsters. 


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