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Re: late night thoughts: misunderstand what?
On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, don ohmes wrote:
"..but looks like an unnecessary risk when the prey is twice as long and tall
as the predator." --DM
What is risky about reaching up and grabbing a sauropod by the neck, if
you match the physical description of a tyrannosaur? If your hold is 2m
behind the head, you are 8m away from the front feet. Even that assumes
no injury to the spine of the prey item, which would result in instant
incapacitation of the prey.
It 'looks like' to me like you are characterizing prey/predator
interactions on the basis of sheer intuition, and are overly impressed
by simple size differential.
That neck is still capable of swinging around and some sort of violent
motion should be expected in response. Depending on the size of the
sauropod, incapacitation would not seem like a given. In fact, it might
even hurt the predator.