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Re: A true appearance of a large theropod

On Tue, Aug 4th, 2015 at 1:58 AM, Poekilopleuron <dinosaurtom2015@seznam.cz> 

> Good day, I was wondering what would a large 12+ meters long theropod actually
>  look and behave like? Would it resemble a large flightless bird of prey or 
> would it be more like an agile long-legged crocodile? Thank you in advance, 

Generalising about non-avian dinosaurs in terms of them being 'bird-like' or 
'croc-like' is like trying 
to classify all mammals as either 'bat-like' or 'whale-like'. Birds and crocs 
are extremely 
specialised archosaurs that are unlikely to be useful as anatomical or 
behavioural examples for 
extinct archosaurs in general. Even the non-avian theropod 'cousins' of birds 
are likely to have 
differed significantly from modern avians in aspects of their appearance and 

My answer to your question would therefore be either 'possibly a bit of both' 
or 'probably neither'.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj