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Re: Neck Defense
On Monday, March 20, 2006, at 09:23 PM, Andrew Simpson wrote:
Oh of course a sauropod would use its tail if it had a long tail,
(there are even one or two that I know of that have little clubs at
the end), but the large sauropod in question has a small tail in
comparison that does look like an effective whip, (I may not have made
this clear in my first remark), leaving stomping, kicking, size and
biting as defenses. None of which seems as effective as a good neck
swing or ten.
Of modern animals that use the tail as a whip there is the african
monitor lizard. Can fend off a lion with it.
Not a very hungry lion, I'd imagine. In all honesty, sauropods could
have even had poisonous flesh and/or spurs adorning their tails. It'd
certainly make a lot of sense for the very young sauropods.