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Evidence!

A single deinonychus, with powerful jaws, stabbing talons, and slashing claws, combined with a good ambush? Yeah, that'd work. All It would really need to do was wound it and wait for it to die. Plus the smell of blood would draw in more raptors to help bring it down. This is what komodo dragons do with water buffalo. Or the tenontosaur could have already been dead. Did you even look up Occam's razor? The explanation that makes the fewest assumptions is more than likely the correct one (in paleontology we don't really deal with absolutes, hence the more than likely). These raptors, according to all available evidence, were MORE THAN LIKELY NOT COOPERATING. Go read Theropoda, and your mind will be blown away (though he does get ridiculous sometimes)  (Sep 11, 2011 | post #70)

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Evidence!

You realize the raptors would have backed off after 1 of their pack was killed. Most animals don't consider the reward worth the risk if your prey already killed one of your buddies. Think of it this way: a pride of lions could easily kill an adult elephant, but they usually don't because with MOST prides the losses would be so great that no individual would risk it. Here's how the Deinonychus-cannib al theory works: a lone/pair of raptors kill the tenontosaur. The smell of flesh draws other raptors in the area to the carcass. Like modern day reptiles and vultures they compete over the carcass. The smaller/weaker individuals are killed themselves because of the feeding frenzy. Read up on occam's razor: http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Occam's _razor  (Sep 9, 2011 | post #54)

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"The Bakkerian Conspiracy"-WTF Cau?

No, no, no! The point of the post wasn't about JP. It was about the purported conspiracy set in motion by Bakker and Paul, a conspiracy which I deemed crazy enough to comment on. Get it?  (Aug 10, 2011 | post #36)

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"The Bakkerian Conspiracy"-WTF Cau?

Missed the point. Shame Al. Shame.  (Aug 9, 2011 | post #17)

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"The Bakkerian Conspiracy"-WTF Cau?

I was perusing Theropoda when I came across this article: http://translate.g oogle.com/translat e?u=http%3A//thero poda.blogspot.com/ &hl=en&lan gpair=it|en&tb b=1&ie=UTF-8 and then I was like "...what. " Now it may be the poor translator, but what I got from that post was Cau saying that Bakker and Paul abused their scientific "authority " and turned the public's view of dinosaurs to better suit their "vision" . They did this through writing several popular books and (after being asked to do so) advising on the Jurassic Park films. So yeah. Its an ingenious idea. But the example he specifically cites (pack hunting theropods) was invented by Ostrom (one that is still debatable, given what we know of crocodile behavior), and in Bakker's books only mentioned in passing pack hunting. I cannot say for Paul's books, since I have never found a copy. All of Bakker's propositions were perfectly fine for that time (in an ambiguous sort of way), and much of what they said has been proven right. To cite a few examples which were only partially wrong (ceratopsian leg posture and Tyrannosaurus speed) is kinda... stupid. BUT that's not the heart of the problem. What Cau proposes here is essentially a conspiracy theory. Bakker was asked to advise (not as a main advisor, that was Horner's job) on JP, and he vocalized his opinions and theories (this was back when he was actually publishing, mind you) in "The Dinosaur Heresies". This does not equate to mastermind plot to force his vision of the dinosauria on the public. And Michael Crichton based much of his specualtion off of Horner ( Dr. Grant is in fact based on Horner. If you're familiar with the 2nd book you'll see the jab Crichton took at the scavenger hypothesis). He also looked at William Stout's wonderfully illustrated "The Dinosaurs" (now "The New Dinosaurs") for inspiration. Good lord, has the conspiracy expanded? IS ALL OF PALEONTOLOGY BASED ON LIES. DOES THE CONSPIRACY GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO COPE AND MARSH?! MY GOD. (this one's for you Al :D !  (Aug 7, 2011 | post #1)

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NO PTEROSAURS WAS FLIGHTLESS OR BIRD-LIKE (Witton & Habib...

Rarely.  (Aug 6, 2011 | post #46)

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Sizes Of The Giant Theropods

You have NO idea...  (Aug 6, 2011 | post #372)

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NO PTEROSAURS WAS FLIGHTLESS OR BIRD-LIKE (Witton & Habib...

Yeah 69 (tee hee!) and I debated a lot also. If you can call it that, as he wasn't the most civilized...  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #38)

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NO PTEROSAURS WAS FLIGHTLESS OR BIRD-LIKE (Witton & Habib...

How do you remember Big Al and Prehistory69 but not remember me?  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #30)

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Fossil kicked out of bird family tree?

Yeah, science education is in a sad state in the U.S. I find it hard to see why people DON'T get excited about science and nature considering this is exactly what made it possible for civilization to exist. Hell, I've had science teachers who really aren't familiar with modern science at all. They simply go "by the textbook".  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #54)

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Fossil kicked out of bird family tree?

It isn't Archaeopteryx that was analyzed, it was the new specimen from China. When you plugged the new species into a systematics program on a computer it turns out that it and Archaeopteryx are more distanced from "true birds". Its not that big a deal... And why'd you bring global warming up? I don't even... I can't.... THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS! Wow, you right-wingers are getting desperate for attention, aren't ya?  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #51)

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Fossil kicked out of bird family tree?

No, but it helps us build a better understanding of our place on this planet and our history. Even the tiniest details help us understand and paint a larger picture of the history of life on Earth. Without people examining evolutionary "curiosities " our picture of prehistoric life (and by consequence our own history) would be woefully incomplete. Furthermore, dinosaur research (or more importantly, digging them up and giving them proper homes in museums) IS REALLY IMPORTANT in that there are criminals that would poach and sell these national and geological treasures off to the highest bidder. Dinosaurs are also important in that they make a good gateway for young'ns to get interested in science and critical thinking. In summary, next time you go lambasting the research of dedicated individuals, lets try a little critical thinking, yes?  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #50)

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NO PTEROSAURS WAS FLIGHTLESS OR BIRD-LIKE (Witton & Habib...

WAAAY before that dude. The only troll (and those "wars" you all played were stupidly ridiculous) was Giganotosaurus Fan, and the intelligent people just ignored him. No, back then we had good, healthy discussions in which we actually LEARNED more aside from various theropod sizes.  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #28)

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NO PTEROSAURS WAS FLIGHTLESS OR BIRD-LIKE (Witton & Habib...

I kinda sorta remember you, yes. I haven't seen MStar recently, or Big Al, or Spinodon, or SK, or Qwrup. I miss'em. Those were fun days.  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #20)

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DinosaurTheatre: Those old dino-documentaries which were ...

http://dinosaurthe atre.blogspot.com/ and http://www.youtube .com/user/Dinosaur Theatre Remember these dinosaur documentaries, with Eric Boardman and Gary Owens and that chillingly awesome soundtrack? Yeah, according to this guy there's an impending DVD re-release. Respond, and if you need a memory refresher: http://www.amazon. com/More-Dinosaurs -Gary-Owens/dp/B00 0ML90OE/ref=sr_1_3 ?s=movies-tv&i e=UTF8&qid=131 2071410&sr=1-3 http://www.amazon. com/Return-Dinosau rs-VHS-Videosaurus /dp/6302784085/ref =sr_1_5?s=movies-t v&ie=UTF8& qid=1312071440 &sr=1-5 Ah, the good old days...  (Jul 30, 2011 | post #1)

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