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Re: News Flash: Ungulates and Dinosaurs Together 80 million Years Ago (fwd)
From: Betty Cunningham <email@example.com>
> > > The teeth had the flat, squared grinding surfaces
> > > similar to what is found now in the teeth of herbivores. Archibald
> > > said that fossils from 65 million years ago ...
> ok, but-um- I seem to remember a NOVA special on genetics that
> discussed how the cow's stomach (what makes a cow an ungulate) was
> developed to process grasses into more easily digestable stuff for the
> animal's system to cope with, ONLY GRASSES WEREN"T AROUND AT THE TIME
> if these are 'ungulate' teeth, right?
There may not have been grasses, but there was plenty of coarse grazing
available: ferns, some rather grass-like monocots, Isoetales, and so on.
So, finding something suitable for such teeth is not really a problem.
The peace of God be with you.