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RE: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque

I think rapid death would be the result of massive blood loss due to multiple 
ruptured arteries. You have to keep in mind there is probably a big difference 
between only having your abdominal wall cut open rather than having several 
major organs ripped out of your body by a pack of hungry dogs. So that line in 
Jurassic Park about, "being alive when they start to eat you" is probably BS. 
Now Komodo dragons on the other hand...from what I've seen they can take quite 
some time before they rip and animal's belly open and get to the guts.

> Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:56:38 -0300
> From: augustoharo@gmail.com
> To: simkoning@msn.com
> CC: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque
> 2010/11/20 Sim Koning :
> >
> > That may be the case with wolves, but African wild dogs are able to very 
> > rapidly kill large animals via disembowelment. Sadly ignorance of this fact 
> > lead many to demonize these animals, when in reality, they are able to kill 
> > their prey faster than many other predators (such as lions). They also have 
> > a very high success rate in their hunts, with about 80% ending in a kill.
> >
> Whatever the velocity a predatory animal takes in killing its prey,
> they should not be demonized, less so destroyed because of the human
> impression that they are cruel.
> I do not know how much it takes for an animal to be killed by
> evisceration, because there are cases of humans more or less
> disemboweled in knife fights to which guts have to be relocated within
> the body cavity before stitching them (and they are thus saved from
> death, and are not instantaneously killed), and this also applies to
> some dogs used to hunt boar (which can be badly wounded by the tusks).
> However, I suppose that, contrary to the case of the wild dogs, the
> other cases of disembowelment I refferred to may not be total (I mean,
> not all the guts out of the abdominal cavity), so perhaps will dog
> prey may be killed way faster (via massive blood loss) than in the
> other cases mentioned.