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Re: late night thoughts: misunderstand what?
Anthony Docimo writes:
what would happen if the tyrannosaur bit down into the tail?
(my guess: the sauropod would bleed to death, no matter what happens with
Given how far away from the heart most sauropod tails were, I'm not sure it
would have been a particularly 'bleedy' body part. Lots of modern animals
can survive the loss of part (or even all) of the tail. I've seen many a
half-tailed stray cat, and even footage of a tailless kangaroo (that could
still hop with the best of them). All survived their catastrophic
The neck, however, is a different story. Animals have a vested interest in
supplying lots of blood to the brain. There's not such a demand for blood
flow in the tail, so I'm guessing blood pressure there tends to be much
lower than in the neck of most animals.
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