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Re: Herbs to Carns
> What about the shrike (butcher bird)?
Good one! Some songbirds are insectivores (e.g, warblers) and some are
pretty omnivorous, too, so a shrike may well not be a strict example of the
form sought, but it is certainly an instance of a critter that has relatively
recently acquired structure and behavior appropriate for large-animal
carnivory ("large" in relation to its own size -- shrikes are small compared
to American Robins, and eat things like mice), starting from a creature
that almost certainly did not eat animals nearly that large.
-- Jay Freeman