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Re: Dilophosaurus Forelimb Bone Maladies
Whether or not a large terrestrial vertebrate can survive as an obligate
scavenger for an extended period of time is an interesting question in its own
right. Regardless, even if we accept more exotic options as possibilities, the
simple explanation is that the forelimbs weren't important in predation -
largely because the anatomical data also support that conclusion.
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> On Feb 28, 2016, at 1:51 PM, Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 27th, 2016 at 2:53 AM, Mike Habib <email@example.com>
>> 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).
> That makes the assumption that the animal in question survived because it
> continued to engage in active predation.
> Another possibility is that it was forced by its injuries to be an obligate
> scavenger in order to survive. Yet another
> possibility is that dilophosaurs formed close social bonds with each other
> that allowed an incapacitated animal to
> continue to benefit from the prey acquisition of the rest of the group.
> Dann Pigdon
> Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia