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Re: Diplos Teeth

Martin Human asked (04/03/96; 12:10p):

>> Hmm.  Perhaps the diplodocids were stripping whole branches (or
>> multiple branches at a time) while the camarasaurs, etc., nipped
>> individual leaves or needle clumps or whatever.  I am not the first to
>> suggest this.
> Could large peglike teeth be used for stripping pine cones from
> trees, but leaving the needles on the branches?

I read somewhere that stomach contents had been found for a sauropod (I 
don't remember what family), which included short segments of woody twigs 
about a cm in diameter.  That particular animal apparently ripped off 
whole branches and swallowed them, allowing gizzard stones to pulverize 
the bulk material.  Very non-selective feeding.  Does anyone know more 
about this find?

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