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Re: Thought for Food (was CRETACEOUS VARANIDS)

Couldn't this be accomplished with a beak instead of teeth?
Perhaps that is why there are so many appearances of beaks within dinosauria?

> <<I expect that one of the reasons theropods are taken for strict
> carnivores is that their teeth do not provide suitable grinding surfaces.
>  This is a little odd when you think about it.  A good scavenger, for
> example, should have powerful jaws and a variety of teeth, including
> grinding teeth, to make the most of the parts the primary predator left
> behind.  Surely this niche must have been explored by some theropods,
> and, if so, the transition to omnivore might not be too difficult.>>