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Re: Long-necked stegosaur coming out in Proceedings B

--- On Thu, 2/26/09, Tim Williams <tijawi@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Tim Williams <tijawi@yahoo.com>
> Jason (pristichampsus@yahoo.com) wrote:
> > While possible, I'd have to wonder why the rear
> end of the
> > tail would be facing the predator, rather than the
> side.
> > Most animals that use their tails in defense
> (crocodiles,
> > monitor lizards, iguanas, etc) tend to present one
> side, or
> > another to an attacker. This has the benefit of
> presenting a
> > much larger target to the predator (which in this
> case,
> > would be intimidating rather than inviting), and
> allowing
> > for "better aim" of the tail. 
> Actually, that's kinda what I had in mind: a stegosaur
> angled such that the tail is positioned to deliver maximum
> force against the attacker.  By "tail-first" I
> didn't literally mean that the stegosaur was positioned
> directly in front of the predator, like a two-way conga
> line.  :-)

Fair enough. I was actually responding to a statement made about stegosaurs 
having to turn their backs on their adversaries. Presenting one's broad side to 
a predator removes the "need" for a long neck to see behind.