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Re: Brontornis again
The marrow-eating hominids I mentioned earlier were very likely
Was there any overlap in time or area between marrow-eating hominids and
possibly-marrow-eating large birds? If one didn't show up till the
other was extinct in a given area I think we may simply see hominids
filling a niche that was available.
Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> was sectioning turtles or something), and a bone-cracker is plausible, but
> I am not sure that size entirely rules out herbivory (as in Diatryma). I
> assume from the point above that tugging at buried roots or tubers might
> not work as an explanation as these actions would probably have exerted
> forces along the length of the bill.
> Of course the critter could have fooled us by being omnivorous! And of
> course there are more reasons to eat bones than to get at the marrow - even
> deer will eat them for their calcium.
> Ronald Orenstein
> International Wildlife Coalition
> (currently on vacation in Florida)
Flying Goat Graphics
(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)