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Re: Dromeo Danger
As a shy and sensitive type, I've always observed
nearby teeth w/ some interest, and listened carefully.
Serrated teeth say, "Hi, I have to cut my food up
before I eat it, and further, my food is not
necessarily dead when I do so (unlike a lion, for
example). Nor do I spend a lot of time eating bones,
even small ones." When the teeth are serrated AND
recurved, I seem to hear them say, "Whatever part of
you I manage get in my mouth, I will keep. Even if we
part ways, you will leave it behind."
Do you think this hallucination, er, I mean
observation, uh, speculation re behavior is
In the dromeo case, the rear claws are perfect for
providing traction when grabbing a mouthful and
pulling back really hard when attacking a larger
animal (ala Manning et. al).
I've spent a lot of time working on vertical surfaces
(ie, tree trunks), and I can testify that to pull back
(as on a hand saw, or a rope) you MUST have a firm
--- Dann Pigdon <email@example.com> wrote:
> don ohmes writes:
> > Heh. I live in a place that has coyotes aplenty. I
> > hear them several times a week, and can find fresh
> > scat w/in 100m of the house easily. Unless I work
> > it, I see ZERO coyotes. On the other hand, I get
> > attacked by mockingbirds pretty regular, in
> Being small, volant, quick and very manouevrable
> tends to 'embiggen' the
> smallest of creatures. :)
> Here in Australia the boldest bird would have to be
> the willy wag-tail
> (Rhipidura leucophrys) - a tiny insect eater that
> will gladly take on a
> magpie or a crow (known nest raiders) in single
> combat despite mass
> diffences of several orders of magnitude. Their
> aerial agility makes them
> almost immune to reprisals, so most of their victims
> don't bother making the
> effort anyway.
> If willy wag-tails will attack magpies, and magpies
> will themselves attack
> wedge-tailed eagles (as my mother witnessed in her
> own front yard; the
> aftermath including a lot of damaged and destroyed
> potted plants), then that
> would seem to make the willy wag-tail the baddest
> mo-fo on the block. Look
> upon it's fearsome visage with awe:
> > Another point; sharks don't necessarily packhunt,
> > they do tend to gather at the site of a ruckus.
> Great Whites have been known to hunt in pairs on
> occasions, but in many
> respects they're more like a mammal than a fish.
> Reef sharks will hunt
> together in groups, but it's not what you'd call
> cooperative hunting (more
> like an angry mob).
> > BTW -- Sharks are the best extant velociraptor
> > 'tooth-analogue' I know of.
> > Are there any other candidates?
> Monitor lizards come to mind.
> Dann Pigdon
> GIS / Archaeologist
> Melbourne, Australia