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Re: Fish-eating theropods
At 12:36 PM 11/5/96 -0500, Tracy Ford wrote:
>I never did like the 'Fish eating' Baryonyx. The huge claw on it's hand
>may not have even been on the hand (that's what was said in the
>articles about it). So it had a long low head and big teeth. Why
>couldn't it have hunted Iguanodon? No reason it couldn't.
Indeed. Spinosaurid snouts are very crocodile-like, but many of the big
crocs (the salt-water, the Nile, etc.) munch on terrestrial tetrapods as
well as fish.
>But then there is the new Spinosaurus skull mateiral that has a very
>long premaxilla that looks like a gavial, may be some did eat fish, at
>least part time.
I hope that they finally track that specimen down. It is wonderful, and
another great addition to the Theropod Hall of Fame.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
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-- Tom the Paleontologist, on seeing "The Ultimate Guide to T. rex" :-)