If the tyrannosaur allowed any opening at all

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Wrestlers and short-legged fullbacks know the advantage of short, strong legs—a long-limbed wide receiver can run faster, but the shorter legs provide a greater initial acceleration.(dinosaur exhibit manufacturers) The nodosaur’s enemies were the very long-limbed tyrannosaurs, fast enough to catch any nodosaur very quickly. But once the combatants were close, the advantage of speed disappeared.

 

A tyrannosaur could stretch downward to snap at the nodosaur’s tail or back, but the predator would only succeed in breaking its teeth against the impregnable carapace. The tyrannosaur’s only hope would have been to flip the nodosaur in order to attack its unprotected belly. But nodosaurs were very wide across the hips and had a low center of gravity. (life size dinosaur factory)A fully grown nodosaur would have been as easy to flip as a modern wide-track station wagon. And then the tyrannosaurs would have had to face counterattack. The nodosaur could have kept pivoting to face its long-limbed attacker, awaiting its opportunity. (animatronic dinosaur costume)If the tyrannosaur allowed any opening at all, the nodosaur’s powerful elbows and knees could instantly drive its armor-plated body forward. And its murderous shoulder spikes might catch the predator’s calf or leg, tripping the tyrannosaur or ripping a nasty wound. Before such a lethal charge, any tyrannosaur might have beaten a well-advised retreat.

 

Late Cretaceous days were the high point of armor development for the Dinosauria. (big size dinosaur for sale)Nodosaurs of several species stalked the meadows of the Cretaceous deltas of North America. And they were joined by a new family of dreadnoughts, the ankylosaurids. At first glance the ankylosaurids seem less dangerous than the nodosaurs: they were shorter at the hips and weaker in the shoulder, couldn’t pivot as quickly, and lacked the lethal shoulder spikes. As compensation, ankylosaurs had better head protection than nodosaurs—overhanging plates protected their eyes and cheeks.