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Re: Dromeosaurid behavior........Pack hunting!


    You're absolutely correct - MALNUTRITION will leave physical signs in
the bones.  I believe that the context that I was dealing with when I
originally answered the post was prolonged periods of starvation, which
would manifest itself as malnutrition in the bones.

    Allan Edels

-----Original Message-----
From: Betty Cunningham <bettyc@flyinggoat.com>
To: Edels@email.msn.com <Edels@email.msn.com>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Saturday, May 01, 1999 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: Dromeosaurid behavior........Pack hunting!

>Are you saying >STARVATION< is going to leave physical signs in the
>bones or do you mean >MALNUTRITION< is going to leave physical signs in
>the bones?
>-Betty Cunningham
>Allan Edels wrote:
>> John Jackson asked:
>> >There must surely be some characteristic skeletal changes associated
>> >starvation.  Can any be seen in fossils?
>>     The truth is that we can see evidence of starvation in some bones of
>> some animals.  I would suggest that skulls (in humans - look for pocking
>> deterioration of the orbits) and limb bones would probably be the first
>> places to look, then the vertebrae and ribs.  To be sure, check Darren
>> Tanke's website which might have some examples of this kind of damage.
>> (Also, check with Dr. Bruce Rothchild about similar things).
>Flying Goat Graphics
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