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Re: Mammalian teeth (was CRETACEOUS VARANIDS)



>Mammal teeth also seem to be better able to "improvise" than those
>of most dinosauria. Thylacaleo is a good example. It was actually
>decended from herbivores and so lacked canines or carnassials. The
>solution? Turn the two prominant front incisors in both the upper
>and lower jaw into sharp canine-like teeth, and to fuse most (all?)
>of the cheek teeth into one continuous blade.

What you are refering to is a single premolar, not a series of fused cheek
teeth.

Cheers,

Paul


Dr Paul M.A. Willis
Consulting Vertebrate Palaeontologist
Quinkana Pty Ltd
pwillis@ozemail.com.au