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Re: Re: BAAD BCF
>I include insectivory within carnivory - insects being animals, after all.
The mammalian ecologists have precise meanings for terms like "carnivory"
and so on.
Faunivores are organisms which feed on animals (inverts or verts).
Carnivores, a subset if faunivores, are organisms which get 50% or more of
their nutrients from vertebrate flesh (and, as commonly used, only tetrapod
flesh, piscivory being fish eaters).
Hypercarnivores, a subset of carnivores, are organisms which get 95% or more
of their nutrients from vertebrate flesh.
When we talk of "'carnivorous" dinosaurs, we actually mean
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742