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Teeth of protobirds
>In a message dated 95-12-04 11:30:50 EST, Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
>>Right, although I consider true carnivory (vertebrate flesh) to be the
>>ancestral condition in birds.
>Proto-avian teeth were unserrated (like those of _Archaeopteryx_)
>plesiomorphically. They might have been able to handle bits of meat, but they
>certainly weren't the serrated flesh-carvers of the larger theropods.
Exactly, but they ARE like the small, moderately to sharply recurved,
pinched based teeth of Compsognathus (a known carnivore), some other small
theropods, and some basal crocodylomorphs.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742