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Re: Ceratopian defense (was..ah its to long to write).

At 10:32 AM 10/4/97 -0700, Chris Campbell wrote:
>...  Since neither of these ocnditions
>applies to ceratopians, I think it's more likely the frill was used 
>for defense; butting heads with those horns is just too dangerous.

Just one problem with this: with one major exception, ceratopsian frills
are NOT solid; they are mostly soft tissue.  The bone is normally just a
rim around the outside.  (The one exception is _Triceratops_ itself).  Such
a frill isn't going to be useful in defending against a whole lot.

Instead of butting heads, consider "head wrestling" with deliberately
*locked* horns.

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