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Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 5:17 PM
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Subject: Re: Stegosaur display behavior (script question)
>They are circling each other, head to tail, pausing to shake their
This sounds improbable, since it puts the most vulnerable part of
(the head) in direct proximity to the most lethal part of its
tail). Putting oneself in such a position might be reasonable to
as a possible submissive behavior, but not a dominance behavior.
in a dominance display would likely position themselves to show off
most dominat attribute most effectively while protecting their most
vulnerable assets. For Steg's, this would mean keeping the tail of
opponent at a distance while keeping your colored plates in clear
Perhaps a bluffing charge at an opponent at an oblique angle with
full display, followed by a quick retreat to a safe distance might
> As the smaller male wanders off, he spots the pennants on the
> and interprets them -- tall, triangular, brightly colored -- as a
Reasonable enough to me.
>As the lead characters get out of the way, he approaches the
>vehicle, and begins to circle it. Eventually, frustrated by an
>that is both smaller and duller than he is but who still refuses to
>way or engage in a display contest, he swings his tail at the
Or, under my scenario, he bluff charges it several times, honking
whatever they did) and kicking up dust, each time coming closer and
generally scaring the bejeezus out of the occupants. In the end,
doesn't respond, he hammers the hummer appropriately.
Then again, who the heck knows?