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Students decide if Tyrannosaurus could chase down & kill a Triceratops



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


An article that may be of interest:



S. Randolph May (2014)
The Coevolution of Tyrannosaurus & Its Prey: Could Tyrannosaurus Chase
Down & Kill a Triceratops for Lunch?
The American Biology Teacher 76(2):118-123
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.8
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.8

Students will analyze the coevolution of the predator--prey
relationships between Tyrannosaurus rex and its prey species using
analyses of animal speeds from fossilized trackways, prey-animal
armaments, adaptive behaviors, bite marks on prey-animal fossils,
predator--prey ratios, and scavenger competition. The students will be
asked to decide whether T. rex was a predator, an opportunistic
scavenger, or an obligate scavenger.