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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 5:27 PM
Discuss spinosaurus' jaws and diet here
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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 5:30 PM

Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 5:56 PM

Interesting. Can't say I agree entirely, but there are some good points. Does a 4 ton PSI bite force sound reasonable to you?

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 6:02 PM

Agree entirely on what? This is all fact-based, not opinion-based. Anyway, 4 tons seems too high for spinosaurids in general. They did not require such powerful bites, given their primary diet of fish, and nor is such a powerful bite even confirmed given their cranial morphology (it has been studied before. Sakamoto said so here: http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=9468 and I believe in a paper too). 2 tons seems more reasonable

Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 6:07 PM

On theses facts. I agree with most of it (opinions, just my opinion), but not all. I never thought that 4 tons would be a high estimate (Rex Vs Spino from the summer, anything negative against Spino was an insult and would be dealt with by rage, I always thought three tons before that). 

 

This is still quite interesting, I'll re-read to make sure I didn't miss anything. Did you see the discussion about an article that stated Spino was 55% the weight of Rex (about 4.4 tons)?

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 6:32 PM

Here's the link:

 

Spinosaurus weight discussion

 

 

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 7:06 PM

No, I did not read that yet. 4 tons as a bite force is unlikely for spinosaurus. It has been confirmed that, when basing it off of baryonyx, its bite force would not be very monstrous (strong, but not excessively strong), because we don't have much of spinosaurus towork with in this regard. Regardless of robusticity, its jaws and teeth were designed to grip and not crush.

Note that bite force does not depend on snout shape (hence why all crocodilians tend to possess similar biting forces), but the ability to crush does

Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 7:09 PM

I know. I was just saying my opinion (and people on team Spino got mad at me for giving it such a "low" bite force).

 

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x_paden_x

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 7:13 PM

OH god...

 

Lets make a rule... A very good rule... The golden rule about spinosaurus and tyranasaurus rex... 

The info you provide can not be biased or opiniated, If you can please tip toe around the subject (When FBR first started it kicked up SO MUCH CONTREVERSY... which is werid becasue it was fact vs oppinion...) 

 

spino and rex is the most touchy subject ever... 

 

However this is fairly good Info, and i feel its reliable to an extent...

 

Also, heres a question for you to ponder, Would a fishing dinosaur have grown to such big of size just to hunt fish?

 

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 8:33 PM

Definitely not. Spinosaurus, as stated, was characterized by a particularly dense rostrum, which means that overall strength would probably be much greater in this case than many believe. But yet, this argument is unusual, because it nonetheless was adapted to hunt rather large and powerful fish (trust me, many genera of Cretaceous fish were quite huge), and its morphology corresponds perfectly to their existence. Undoubtedly, being the largest terrestrial predator to have ever lived, opportunist feeding is definitely probable, but it was still a piscivorous creature fundamentally, and it was adapted to cope with that lifestyle

Rex Fan 684

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 9:32 PM

You say facts Godzillasaurus. We can't say facts. There are very few "facts" in paleontology. 99 percent of everything said is opinions and theories.

 

I've always estimated Spinosaurus' bite force at 4,000 psi. As far as it's teeth go, Spinosaurus' teeth were very straight. Great for grasping, but not tearing(I happen to own my own Spinosaurus tooth and I study it extensivley)...

 

Spinosaurus tooth

 

Tyrannosaurus teeth

 

Allosaurus teeth

 

There are basically three tooth designs. Gripping(Spinosaurus), slashing/tearing(Allosaurus), and crushing(Tyrannosaurus). Crushing teeth stand up to pressure the best, conical(gripping) second best, and slashing third.

 

Basically, the three biggest theropods(Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Giganotosaurus) have varying bite forces depending on what they hunted and their overall musculature. Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus had comparable bite forces of 3,000-6,000 psi. Strong, but not for their sizes. Tyrannosaurus came out with a force of 6,800-18,000 psi. 

 

In the end, Spinosaurus did not have weak jaws, but they really weren't anything special(except for their shape).

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 9:39 PM

Those are interesting Rex Fan. You got Giga and Spino with a bite force of up to 6 000 PSI, and then Rex with more than that as a minimum. And people said we were biased in Rex's favour all the time

 

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Rex Fan 684

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 9:46 PM

I'm never biased(I don't care what people say). I'm just stating opinions and theories(no facts).

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 9:54 PM

I know. I try not to be. Some people are though (you know who I'm talking about. "I'm not going let go of Spino being bigger than Rex in EVERY way, especially weight). New scientific research points in the King's favour though.

 

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Rex Fan 684

MemberCompsognathusDec-22-2013 10:01 PM

I agree with that statement.

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-22-2013 10:05 PM

Notice how the only people who are online on a daily basis are on team Rex (and we have similar opinions)? Guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles (for now at least, just imagine the population explosion of JW once the first trailer hits the TV screens).

 

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DinoSteve93

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 3:36 AM

Interesting indeed. There are some statements I agree with, and other wich I don't. But very interesting overall. 

As said before, we can't rely on those "facts" in paleontology, as such things don't exist.

Here I mostly agree with RexFan and MrHappy, and you already know that. 

Also MrHappy, you're right. It'll be something like Godzilla forums those days. Before the trailer: 1-2 topics per day, a few people merely checking the forum. During and after the trailer: BOOOM!!!

 

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-23-2013 6:56 AM

I know. 

 

*Sudden realization* God help us when the noobs start posting on Rex vs Spino and start acting like they know more than us.

 

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DinoSteve93

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 7:00 AM

We're in the hands of admins :D

That's true. And it's kinda annoying when it happens. But here are some interesting thoughts.

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 8:47 AM

Quote: You say facts Godzillasaurus. We can't say facts. There are very few "facts" in paleontology. 99 percent of everything said is opinions and theories. -Well then I am sorry. I typed too fast

Quote: As far as it's teeth go, Spinosaurus' teeth were very straight. Great for grasping, but not tearing(I happen to own my own Spinosaurus tooth and I study it extensively)…

-That is what I said…  Even though they were not necessarily designed for killing (they were not particularly enlarged, but yet their shape made penetration efficient.

Quote: There are basically three tooth designs. Gripping(Spinosaurus), slashing/tearing(Allosaurus), and crushing(Tyrannosaurus). Crushing teeth stand up to pressure the best, conical(gripping) second best, and slashing third.

-Resistance is not determined by the actual function of the teeth necessarily. But rather their actual robusticity and overall thickness. Spinosaurus general dentition shape was like that of an elongated and conical spike, most adept at piercing deeply into the hide of a prey animal and retaining a stable grip afterwards when struggling with a fish (hence why I also do not think that it was that weak...). BUT that does not mean that they were weak? Heck no! The conical shape is what allows them to grip; thinner-edged dentition would likely fracture too easily.

Quote: In the end, Spinosaurus did not have weak jaws, but they really weren't anything special(except for their shape).

-True. But they were designed for fishing, along with its overall dentition shape. It was special and unique in that regard, as is the spinosaurinae subfamily, and spinosauridae as a whole

Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 8:49 AM
Quote: Here I mostly agree with RexFan and MrHappy, and you already know that. -Umm, what they said was entirely different from what I said. What I posted was actual scientific "theories" and morphological "data". What they did was say "REXY IS KING! SPINO DROOLS!" (or just that Rexfan is biased toward tyrannosaurus). So… you can't really agree with them and not me here, as we said entirely different things.

Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 9:09 AM
But guys, can you also tell me what you do not agree with?

DinoSteve93

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 9:35 AM

Well, Godzillasaurus, they didn't intend that. No one of them hates Spino, on the contrary, is one of our favourite dinosaurs. So neither RexFan, MrHappy, or me hate Spino or think it "DROOLS!".

I can be sure on this, we're not trying anyway to start another Spino/Rex debate, on the contrary, again, we kinda try to avoid that. ;)

I often agree with them, that's what I meant.

And I do not agree on Spino's rostrum being more robust than that of Carcharodontosaurus, for starters. On the rest, I kind of agree with everything.

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-23-2013 9:56 AM

What would make you think I hate Spino? I saw 4 ton PSI as REASONABLE, you see it as 2 ton PSI. Rex Fan isn't biased, he does research, he knows what he's talking about, so he's not biased, just enforcing his opinion.

 

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Gojira2K

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 10:09 AM

Very interesting. Also Spino is actually my favorite dinosaur above all, but T-Rex would be my second, And Rex Fan, you're lucky you have a Spino tooth, and 4 tons PSI is very reasonable.

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 10:43 AM

Quote: And I do not agree on Spino's rostrum being more robust than that of Carcharodontosaurus, for starters.

-Carcharodontosaurus in general actually possessed a very lightly-built rostrum that was relatively narrow (it was exceptionally deep but lacked in any particular especial width) and was poorly adapted for gripping (the same thing goes for its teeth as well). It possessed a very surplus amount of large bodied fenestrae unlike spinosaurus which had a particularly denser and more heavily-constructed. Size or shape =/= robusticity, as spinosaurus' thin and specialized piscivorous snout and dentition was probably not that weak at all, contrary to popular belief. The depth that is present in carcharodontosaurus' rostrum along with its overall robust icing implies that it killed vertically and the laterally compressed profile of its teeth tell us that they were irresistant to lateral stress and only worked well in pulling and vertical actions.

Spinosaurus, however, was far better designed for gripping functions in its teeth and jaws; they faired far better in the resistance needed when catching large and powerful fish by comparison. Carcharodontosaurus was an adapted macropredator, but spinosaurus possessed a far more adept snout and tooth morphology that allowed for high resistance brought up my gripping.

And tyrannosaurus has a rough biting force at around 6 tons (roughly). For spinosaurus to have a bite strength only 2 tons less than this would imply that it was better adapted for crushing than it really was and possessed a very well-structured cranium for such (it likely did not possess the strongest jaw muscles). Spinosaurus did not need such a powerful bite, nor would the lack of exceptional width in its jaws house it. One would expect it to have a very wide snout along with much blunter-pointed dentition, which it did not, if it was a specialized crusher. Its snout was probably quite strong in terms of general balanced strength, but certainly not in terms of being well adapted for crushing

Rex Fan 684

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 10:53 AM

Thanks Gojira2K

 

Godzillasaurus, I clearly said I was NOT biased. I simply have a hard time believing these jaws...

 

 

Could exert pressure much higher than these jaws...

 

 

PS- I had made a top 10 highest bite forces list a while ago where I listed Spinosaurus at number 5, so try to call me biased now!

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Lord Vader

MemberTyrannosaurus RexDec-23-2013 11:16 AM

I have a hard time believing that too. Let's get out of the who's biased thing, alright? It's not getting us anywhere, and it's a waste of time.

 

Im trying to be nice, don't tick me off, I won't put up with it.

 

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Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 11:48 AM

@Rexyfan, umm, I never said that spinosaurus had jaws that were as powerful as carcharodontosaurus… But even then, carcharodontosaurus still had relatively weakish-built jaws, as I just pointed out. You are getting overall robusticity and jaw strength mixed up; they are not the same thing. Both carcharodontosaurus and spinosaurus lacked in exceptional biting power most likely, because they did not need it (spinosaurus would have killed large animals probably with the combination of its at least decently vertically resistant rostrum and specialized puncturing dentition, and carcharodontosaurus likely killed using vertical and backward ripping techniques).

But spinosaurus still had generally stronger-constructed jaws and more robust dentition than carcharodontosaurus, as its skull lacked the visible large fenestrae present in that of carcharodontosaurus and its teeth were till very sturdy and were built like erect spikes as opposed to thin steak-knives

x_paden_x

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 12:15 PM

Rex fan has a point, Everything in paleontolgy is mostly theroies... BUT... If we began seperating paleontolgy, lets think about the entire world, Most of it is a string of theroies woven together into a nice fine quilt... However There are some frayed and unfinished parts of the quilt which are left unexplained... 

 

We can conclude all the theroies we like, HOWEVER, we will never know what their exact bite force was, you see we can rebuild muscle onto the skeleton, but thats not acurate, Becasue its a computer program Not actual nature... We can try and rebuild the said creature with DNA, sure why not, HOWEVER, it wont be a dinosaur, it will be a mutated bird or lizard enhanced with dinosaur DNA, to look like our idea of a dinosaur....

 

My point is, we honestly can't say anything by the book, becasue that book, is very thin with info on these prehistoric creatures... Everything is just an idea...

 

The line between fact and theroy is very thin, and blurred... 

 

 

However, yes, Most dinosaurs are being found to be more "interesting" then originally thought due to the new ideas being brought to the plate... no more then 50 years ago, we still believed they were slow moving lizards...  Thats about as old as doctor who...  Anyways, Theroies are starting to become facts without being proven, which is bad and good, bad becasue its not the exact truth, good becasue it gives us a set up to work on...

 

 

Life cannot be contained, it breaks walls, crashes through barriers sometimes painfully, but uh... Life uh, finds a way

Godzillasaurus

MemberCompsognathusDec-23-2013 12:19 PM
I already admitted that they were not facts but rather theories this morning.
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