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Re: Stego Throat Armor?

That joke was so bad, I actually had to give my computer an antacid tablet.

But it was pretty witty!

Nice work.

From: Scott <hmwh@together.net> Reply-To: hmwh@together.net To: mariusromanus@aol.com, dinosaur@usc.edu Subject: Re: Stego Throat Armor? Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:38:49 -0400

Although, as every dinosaur knows, the fronds do have marvelous laxative
powers, Hence the common dinosaur saying, "With fronds like these, who needs
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Subject: Re: Stego Throat Armor?

> Yeah... I have to agree with Mike. I've always envisioned stegosaurs > having those throat osteoderms to protect the underside of the neck > while sticking their head into pointy cycads and such. Who knows... > maybe these guys had a taste, not for the fronds themselves, but for > the chewy center.. sticking their heads in past the spear-tipped crown > and using their beaks to tear into the caudex, uproot them for the > roots, munch on the tender suckers, etc. I'm no botanist, but I think > there's more nutritional value in the caudex and roots than in the > fronds. > > Kris > Saurierlagen@gmail.com > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Graydon <oak@uniserve.com> > To: Dinosaur Mailing List <dinosaur@usc.edu> > Sent: Wed, Sep 19 9:09 PM > Subject: Re: Stego Throat Armor? > > On Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 12:39:39PM -0700, T. Michael Keesey scripsit: > > 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. > > Or it had to worry about being attacked while in a tripodal feeding > stance. > > Or it had to worry about being attached from the front -- even > a very stupid theropod would want to stay away from the thagomizer -- > and being kicked, rather than bit. > > Or the dermal armour is a display structure and was all sorts of vivid > colours in life, and there was rearing involved in the display. > > There ought to be enough general selection pressure against the > expensive practise of growing extra bones that I'd think the assumption > would be 'this had a purpose'. > > -- Graydon > > > > ________________________________________________________________________ > Email and AIM finally together. You've gotta check out free AOL Mail! - > http://mail.aol.com