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Re: Theropod eating and attacking
On Sun, 24 Aug 1997 08:15:14 -0700 Jonathon Woolf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Birds of prey and owls will regurgitate undigestible parts of their
>> 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
>I have a vague impression from somewhere that fossilized owl pellets
>have been found. I've never heard of "dinosaur pellets," though.
>Coprolites, yes, but not pellets.
Owl pellets fossilize? Really? Cool! If so, that's a good point. But
maybe dino pellets were not recognized as pellets and mistaken for
coprolites? Or perhaps there is a preservational bias against dinosaur
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