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Re: Dilophosaurus Forelimb Bone Maladies
Predation isn't the only (or even most likely) way to accumulate injuries,
however. Furthermore, this animal did not have a single major injury that it
managed to survive during healing. It accumulated numerous injuries, each of
which would have compromised the forelimbs for a period of time. We can at
least say that the forelimbs were not necessary for predation (otherwise these
injuries would have been lethal).
Given the additional anatomical evidence against forelimb use in predation
among theropods, it seems simplest to conclude that the forelimbs just weren't
used to catch prey for the most part. This makes sense, after all: something
like Dilophosaurus could easily just grab a prey item in its jaws and swallow
it; strange circumstances are needed to get the forelimbs involved.
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> On Feb 26, 2016, at 3:06 AM, Darius Nau <email@example.com> wrote:
> Why then have forelimbs that are so exceptionately prone to pathology,
> including such injuries as would result from use of the forelimb in predation
> (e.g. the probable avulsion on the left thumb), if they weren’t actually of
> much use for that purpose?
> Generally, one would expect a structure that gets used frequently in activity
> involving significant stresses to be particularly prone to injury.
> Potential activity-related forelimb pathology in this and other theropods
> could very well be a direct result of their strenuous activity, the animal’s
> ability to survive without them notwithstanding (unless the argument was only
> that they weren’t so useful that they were absolutely essential to the
> animal’s survival).
> Nobody would claim that a crocodile’s jaws aren’t all that useful for
> predation after all, and yet there is ample documentation of crocodiles that
> survived having their snouts bitten off.
>> On 26.02.2016 02:44, Tim Williams wrote:
>> The authors propose that during the long healing period, the use of
>> the forelimbs by this smashed-up_Dilophosaurus_ was severely
>> compromised. But it wasn't fatal. This supports the interpretation
>> that theropod forelimbs were not all that useful for predation - even
>> when the forelimbs were healthy and undamaged.
> Yours sincerely,
> Darius Nau