So much looseness was baffling to biologists who knew only the mechanics of our own Class Mammalia.(big size dinosaur factory) If we humans had as loose a skull as the ceratosaur, every time we bit down, our cheekbones would flex inward, the roof of our mouth would contract, and we would feel the rear of our skull swing toward the base of our neck. Anyone who has kept snakes as pets wouldn’t be puzzled by ceratosaur heads.
The heads of snakes are generally similar in design to those of the dinosaurs-snakes have a central, tightly knit braincase, which acts as the core for the loosely attached jaws, snout, cheek bones, and palate. Snakes also possess backwardly curved teeth, another similarity. (animatronic dinosaur costume)When a snake starts to swallow large prey, the jaw muscles pull these teeth into the prey’s body and all the loose joints swing apart so that the snake’s gullet can accommodate a very large body. (dinosaur factory)The Ceratosaurus must have functioned in very much the same way. When a ceratosaur swallowed a large chunk of meat, its capacity would have increased as each loose joint flexed and bowed outward.
The largest prey commonly available to Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus were the stegosaurs and the brontosaurs. Stegosaurs of course wielded their spike-and-plate armor, but at first sight brontosaurs appeared poorly armed.(life size dinosaur for sale) Most brontosaurs did have short, inwardly curved claws on their fore and hind feet, so the paws were potential weapons. But a more potent defensive weapon was located at the rear end of the whip-tailed genera like Brontosaurus and Diplodocus. The final ten feet of the tails of these dinosaurs featured slender bony rods in the core of the tail. When these huge dinosaurs swung their hugely muscled tails, the whiplash effect could inflict crippling wounds on an unwary predator.