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Re: Alvarezsaur spurs (was Re: dino-lice)



On 20 April 2011 20:42, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:
> Good point, Brad...
>
> Sorry for insisting so much with so many messages with speculations:
> perhaps the forelimb was used agains eggs in the young, breaking other
> eggs with point-pressure. If this was most developed in the young, it
> may be that the young based more of its feeding in eggs, and may have
> been parasitic in the way cuculids are, put in the nest of other
> dinosaurs, possibly with smaller eggs, and armed with a powerful
> forelimb with which to break other eggs in the host's nest, in order
> to feed on them. Or, if the forelimb was more developed in the young,
> may also have helped killing the offspring of the host, or just
> breaking their eggs to destroy competition while asking for food.
>

I can't imagine drastically shortening your arms would make it any
easier to break an egg.