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Re: Egg-Eating Teeth and Responses of Bois
Jaime Headden wrote:
>> There is specialized dentition used to regard the
ability to crush objects for food. I think I posted on
this. It isn't _required_, but it isn't neccessarily out of the picture.<<
Yes. I wasn't arguing that specialized dentition is never important in
animals that utilize crushing (In a case close to home, I'd cite the mosasaur
_Globidens_). I asked Bois if, since he cited specialized dentition as
evidence in favor of his hypothesis, he could provide instances where late
Maestrichtian mammals had evolved dentition specifically suited to ovivory.
He said no. So I said that he shouldn't list the appearance of newly
specialized dentition as evidence in his favor. Indeed, it seems that most
extant egg-eaters are generalists, with no particular adaptation for
egg-eating, per se.
Caitlin R. Kiernan