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Re: Long-necked stegosaur coming out in Proceedings B
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- Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 10:54:05 +0000
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> > > Perhaps a longer, more flexible neck made looking back at
> > > predators easier? The problem with having your main defensive
> > > weapons on your tail is that you have to turn your back on your
> > > enemies to use it. Being able to look backwards to aim your
> > > tail swipes might be an advantage.
> > For sure. In other words, improved better 'eye-tail'
> > coordination so the stegosaur is not just blindly swinging its
> > thagomizer and hoping for the best (or worst, if you happen to be
> > the predator).
> 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.
Yay! Let's hear it for taking into account the actual, observable
behaviour of extant animals!
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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