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Old 03 May 2009, 18:18   #1 (permalink)
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evolution and the dinosaur's. Why the little arms?

I know it's not a great question but it's bugging me. Also can I eat jellyfish and if not why not?

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Old 03 May 2009, 18:23   #2 (permalink)
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If your talking about like on the T. Rex, it's a balance thing. If you look at the large carnivores that were T. Rex's ancestors you'd note there was a shortening of the arms over time, but a change in posture so that they were balanced over thier rear legs. This scientists think, gave them more speed for thier size when chasing down prey.

You can't eat most jellyfish because they are poisonous. A few can be eaten however but pound for pound, there isn't much nutrients in one.
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Old 03 May 2009, 18:54   #3 (permalink)
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evolution and the dinosaur's. Why the little arms?
As Spirit said, you can see the progression to shorter and shorter arms through the various species of Theropods. There is, in fact, some speculation that the largest of the species might have been scavengers rather than hunters, which would make sense as to how they could survive without usable arms.

Also, what pictures are you looking at. Old T-Rex art is notoriously cumbersome in its portrayal. It makes more sense to tip them forward a little bit more (more like the poses you see birds in).

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I know it's not a great question but it's bugging me. Also can I eat jellyfish and if not why not?
Why would you want to? Jellyfish are more water than Tomatoes. You could just drink a glass of water and skip the poison stingers. :P
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Old 03 May 2009, 18:57   #4 (permalink)
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I thought the scavanger thing was discreted by most scientists as it would be quite effective as a hunter with only teeth and it's rear leg claws?
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Old 03 May 2009, 19:21   #5 (permalink)
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I thought the scavanger thing was discreted by most scientists as it would be quite effective as a hunter with only teeth and it's rear leg claws?
Maybe, but I haven't seen anything decisive one way or the other. But then again, I am mainly studying microfossils and it's been a long time since I've had any sort of education on large dinosaurs.
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Old 03 May 2009, 19:25   #6 (permalink)
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I thought the scavanger thing was discreted by most scientists as it would be quite effective as a hunter with only teeth and it's rear leg claws?
From my understanding, T. Rex was half and half scavenger/hunter.
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