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African Crowned Eagle
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Brontoscorpio anglicus
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African Crowned Eagle v Brontoscorpio anglicus
African Crowned Eagle - Stephanoaetus coronatus
The Crowned Eagle, also known as the African Crowned Eagle or the Crowned Hawk-eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) is a very large, powerful, crested bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa; in Southern Africa it is restricted to suitable habitat in the eastern areas. It is the only extant member of the genus Stephanoaetus. A second species, the Malagasy Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus mahery) became extinct after humans settled on Madagascar. It mainly inhabits dense forests. Its staple diet consists of monkeys (particularly those of the genus Chlorocebus) and other medium-sized mammals, such as the Cape Hyrax and small antelopes. To a far lesser extent, birds and large lizards are also taken. However, at least 90% of the diet is mammalian. While on average smaller in all measurements but length than the Martial Eagle, the Crowned Eagle is often considered Africa's most powerful and ferocious eagle in terms of the weight and nature of prey taken. It often preys on mammals such as duikers, weighing up to 30 kg (66 lb). Due to their similarities, the Crowned Eagle is often considered Africa's analogue of the Harpy Eagle. The Crowned Eagle is 80–99 cm (31–39 in) long with a wingspan of 1.51–1.81 m (5.0–5.9 ft). The female, at a weight of 3.2–4.7 kg (7 lb 0.9 oz–10 lb 6 oz), is around 10–15% larger than the male, at a weight of 2.55–4.12 kg (5 lb 10 oz–9 lb 1 oz). It, on average, weighs less and has a smaller wing-span than the often sympatric Martial Eagle, its average total length exceeds that of the Martial Eagle thanks to its much longer tail, at 30–41 cm (12–16 in). This eagle has relatively short, broad and rounded wings, with the wing chord measuring 44.5–53.2 cm (17.5–20.9 in) for added manoeuvrability in its environment. The tarsus is of moderate length for a raptor of its size, at 8.5–10.3 cm (3.3–4.1 in), but the talons are heavy, strong and powerful.

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Brontoscorpio anglicus
Brontoscorpio anglicus is a species of fossil scorpion. Its remains were discovered in Upper Silurian-aged sandstone from Trimpley, Worcestershire, and the species was described on the basis of an incomplete single free finger of a pedipalp, almost 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long. The complete animal is estimated to have been at least 90 centimetres (35 in) long. Its carnivorous diet may have consisted of worms or other arthropods. The remains were found in terrestrial sediments, but it is believed, that due to its size, Brontoscorpio had to enter the water to molt. Possibly it lived an amphibian or even aquatic life.

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(09-30-2018, 07:53 AM)Mauro20 Wrote: African crowned eagle vs Brontoscorpio anglicus.
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The crowned eagle is a powerful bird of prey, but it would have no idea how to tackle this foe, and a scorpion's stinger seems great for attacking something coming from above. I'd say the arthropod will win more often than not.
Can the talons even easily pierce through if it managed not get grabbed or stinged?
That's funny, I thought I commented here already. Could it have been deleted? Oh well.
Anyhow, I think I favor the scorpion. It seems like it can sting the bird, and the bird probably cannot get past the armor
I don't know how thick the armor of the scorpion was, but I'd say the talons of the crowned eagle should be able to pierce it.

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Of course, being an arthropod, it can survive a lot more punishment than its opponent, being able to shrug off losing limbs and such. Also I find it hard to imagine the eagle being able to pull this off while avoiding being stung, unless maybe it grabbed the tip of the scorpion's tail with one foot and used the other to maim the rest of the scorpion, then kept doing it ultil it died. It would have to grab the tip of the tail (while, obviously, avoiding the sting itself) because otherwise it would be stung anyway, since scorpion tails are very flexible. They can even attack sideways or backwards. Realistically, however, the eagle would not know how to deal with something so different from the animals it usually fights.
The crowned eagle has one of the strongest grips out of all raptors togetjer with the harpy eagle and even the haast eagle. In fact the crowned eagle probably has the stromgest grip pound to pound. Its claws might be able to pierce through the exo skeleton but it can't get pass the sting.
(10-01-2018, 05:28 AM)Aztec Wrote: Can the talons even easily pierce through if it managed not get grabbed or stinged?

Hmm... I'd say so. Being an early aquatic arthropod with almost no "crushers" around, it most likely had softer skin compared to modern scorpions despite the presence of hard shelled trilobites and similar organisms in the time it lived. It's just a guess of mine though.
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The eagle should first attack to the stinger of the scorpion and should break the stinger. 

Because if it first attacks to scorpion's head, it has a claws+stinger threat. But he attack to stinger first, scorpion can't do anything with it's claws.
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African Crowned Eagle is too ferocious eagle in terms of the weight and nature of prey taken, i Think like eagle hunt snakes they will use any trick to deal with Brontoscorpio anglicus's tail.

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