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Re: Theropod eating and attacking
> On Wed, 20 Aug 97 12:58:03 -0400 Mark Shelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > 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
> Judy Molnar
> Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
> All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.
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