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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.
From: Betty Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Edels@email.msn.com <Edels@email.msn.com>
Cc: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
>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
>(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)