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Frills & spills
On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at 01:57 AM, Pluto77189@aol.com wrote:
styracosaurus's spiky frill is actually in a better place for
intraspecific fighting than the nose horn. I do not think they had
necks as flexible as modern herd animals necessary to use them as
such. Look at ibex, oryx and other gazelle-looking ungulates, their
horns point backwards too.
But none of these also has a two-foot spike thrusting forth from its
The ceratopsian horns were undoubtedly a display as well, as is most
ornamentation in animals. Bigger horns take time to grow, and are
indicators of strength.
Even as hefty, well-defined muscles on a human male assist in beating
up rivals (intraspecific fighting), while being simultaneously
attractive to females.
Very few female chameleons have horns, and the ones that do tend to
fight other females(which hornless ones don't, and usually get
along). Animals with horned males AND females have usually developed
their horns for multi-use purposes. (elephant tusks, rhino horns,
buffalo horns) They "USE" them a lot.
It's through continuous use that these appendages have evolved to the
lengths they've attained.
they MIGHT have used that little nose horn for feeding(diggin stuff
up or whatever) but those two others would probably be more useful
for "largest predator on earth deterrent" than anythin else...
I reckon so!