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Re: Theropod eating and attacking

On Sun, 24 Aug 1997 08:15:14 -0700 Jonathon Woolf <jwoolf@erinet.com>
>jamolnar@juno.com wrote:
>> 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 
>> using?
>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

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.