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Re: Theropod eating and attacking
On Wed, 20 Aug 97 12:58:03 -0400 Mark Shelly <email@example.com>
> Would theropods swallow the bones? Could they digest the bones or
>would they have to pass them or regurgitate them? Passing them
>look possible to me. Would the feeding habits change by type or size
>theropod? Maybe small prey or fish were eaten whole. On some
>hand claws may have been used to dismember the bodies at the joints,
>scrape meat from bones. Beaks may take strips of meat at a time.
Birds of prey and owls will regurgitate undigestible parts of their prey
in pellets. Some are capable of digesting small bones. Fish-eating
birds usually have strong stomach acids and gizzards and digest fish
bones, but a few also regurgitate pellets. Theropods may have done
either. I wonder how one could tell from fossils which method they were
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