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RE: Evolution of tyrannosauroid bite power

It seems pointless to continue this discussion since you admit that you
cannot see how a strongly built arm with a high incidence of pathologies
indicating struggling prey do not logically indicate an active predator.
You may believe as you wish about carcass lifting. 

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology & Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
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-----Original Message-----
From: ptnorton [mailto:ptnorton@suscom-maine.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 1:58 PM
To: Ken Carpenter; d_ohmes@yahoo.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Evolution of tyrannosauroid bite power

>Unfortunately, your carcass-pumping hypothesis can not be verified.<

It's carcass lifting, not carcass pumping. And, as I said, I agree that
behavior of extinct animals can't be tested directly.

>Smith and I at least constrained our interpretation to  what can be
verified by others.<

I have no argument with the biomechanical work in Carpenter and Smith 
(2001). But the conclusion about predatory behavior does not logically 
follow from that work.

>We might as well say that T rex used its arms to
build an advanced civilization and the lack of artifacts is simply
because we haven't yet found them, not that they don't exist. <

You can say that if you wish, but I certainly don't.