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RE: Evolution of tyrannosauroid bite power



> From: Ken.Carpenter@dmns.org [mailto:Ken.Carpenter@dmns.org] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 3:30 PM
> To: ptnorton@suscom-maine.net; d_ohmes@yahoo.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: Evolution of tyrannosauroid bite power
> 
> Good, then you also know we also stated that "we also believe 
> that, as with most predators, T rex was opportunistic and 
> would have scavenged when given the opportunity." Considering 
> the very limited range of motion of the arm in a forwards 
> direction (Fig. 14 Carpenter, K. 2002.
> Forelimb biomechanics of nonavian theropod dinosaurs in predation.
> Senckenbergiana Lethaea 82: 59-76), the snout would need a 
> hole to accommodate it. This limited range of motion (hence 
> why the snout would hinder carcass lifting) is better shown 
> in Fig. 1 of the paper with Lipkin in the T rex book: the arm 
> can not get anything remotely near the mouth.
> 

And, for that matter, can barely clear the chest...


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