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Re: Stego Throat Armor?



On 9/19/07, George Blasing <dinoworld@msn.com> wrote:
> Why would Stegosaurus, a dinosaur with its head held so low to the ground,
> have dermal armor on the underside of its throat? Were there predators,
> "crocodiles maybe?", that could actually attack it in that spot? The big
> predators, like Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus, would have grabbed it from
> above at the top of the back of the neck, right? Why have armor in a spot
> that can't be reached anyway?

Maybe it wasn't for its predators, but for its "prey". Many
Jurassic-type plants tend to have a high spikiness factor.

-- 
Mike Keesey