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Re: Theropod eating and attacking

jamolnar@juno.com wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Aug 97 12:58:03 -0400 Mark Shelly <mshelly@noclant.navy.mil>
> writes:
> >   Would theropods swallow the bones?   Could they digest the bones or
> >would they have to pass them or regurgitate them?  Passing them
> >doesn?t
> >look possible to me.  Would the feeding habits change by type or size
> >of
> >theropod?  Maybe small prey or fish were eaten whole.  On some
> >theropods,
> >hand claws may have been used to dismember the bodies at the joints,
> >or
> >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
> using?
> Judy Molnar
> Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
> vlmed@juno.com
> jamolnar@juno.com
> All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.

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