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Re: Ceratopain defense part II

Chris Campbell wrote:

> Tracy Ford wrote:
> >
> > ou wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >I think this might be a species thing; the long horn species might just
> > >go for a stab, while the short horns might go for a bite.
> >
> > Could be. One problem with the horns is that not all genera have the horns
> >pointing in the same direction. T. horridus has the horns pointing forward,
> >T. albertensis has it pointing slightly backward, Diceratops streight up,
> >Pentaceratops streight up and slightly forward, etc. In order for the 
> >straight
> >up horned ceratopian's to stap another one, they'd have to have to have hold
> >it's head verticel to the ground, which wouldn't allow them to see what they
> >were stabing.
> I'm reminded of rhinos again; they have a nice charge, but it's often
> mistimed or off-target.  The ceratopsians may have had some type of
> defensive strategy going on that was only moderately effective but
> enough to ensure their survival.
> True. This sounds good. I think that anything that sees a huge ceratopsian 
> charging at them
> with large horns wouldn't want to stick around even IF the ceratopsian wasn't 
> going to hit
> them anyway.

                            Caleb Lewis