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Re: Raptors climbing trees?
Amtoine Grant writes:
Of course, we will never know what they "did". Our task should be to
determine what they were at least possible of doing. True, a full- grown
Deinonychus leaping from branch to branch MAY be hard to realistically
imagine. But what about a juvenile?
It's possible that the juveniles of some dromaeosaur species may have been
flight-worthy, which they outgrew as adults. Of course, just because you can
fly doesn't mean you have to climb trees as well (ask your average swan).
shouldn't be limited to the species, it's also a question of ecology(what
sort of branches were there to leap to & from?). Especially given that
there are tyrannosaurs and/or other larger predators in most every
environment dromaeosaurs are know from, ANY escape method should not be
ruled out w/o proof of impossibility.
You'd have to climb an awefully tall tree - and fast - to get away from an
adult tyrannosaur (assuming they could be bothered pursuing such a small
snack). It reminds me of a line from Jurassic Park II:
"Actually, it puts us at a convenient biting height".
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