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Re: Theropod eating and attacking

On Sat, 23 Aug 1997 jamolnar@juno.com wrote:
> [...]
> 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
> using?

Which now brings up the question of whether or not regurgitated pellets
have ever been found. Coproliths have, I understand, but what about pellets?

Could they be distinguished from coproliths?

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