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Re: Speaking of marsupial carnivores...

On Thu, Aug 20th, 2009 at 8:05 AM, B tH <soylentgreenistrex@yahoo.com> wrote:

> One question - apparently, 200 lbs is considered a heavyweight predator?  I'm 
> 200 lbs, and I
> don't consider meself all that intimidating.  :-) 

That's at least twice the weight of a large timber wolf, more than the average 
leopard, and about 
right for the average female Sumatran tiger. I wouldn't want to be locked in a 
room with angry 
specimens of any of those.

As far as Holocene predators go, 90kg is reasonably impressive. It's quite 
pathetic by the 
standards of earlier time periods though. For marsupial carnivores 
specifically, it's positively huge 
no matter what the time period. Thylacines were lucky to reach 35kg for the 
largest males, with 
Tasmanian devils (the next largest in modern times) a mere 6kg.


Dann Pigdon
GIS / Archaeologist                Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj