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Re: possible ceratopsian feeding behaviour?



REPLY:
Unless I am mistaken, there was foliage of variable
height during the late Cretaceous, and ceratopsians
growsed/grazed on it. In other words, they were
growsing grazers and grazing growsers...herbivores.
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--- Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:
> Stephan Pickering wrote:
> > 
> > The work of Lull, Forster, Tim Rowe, Larry Witmer,
> > Scott Sampson, et al., on ceratopsian facial
> anatomy
> > indicates masticatory habits were, as you note,
> > shearing. However, I tend to think they were
> grazers...
> 
> I'd have thought that a sharp beak would have been
> better suited to
> browsing than grazing. Of course, "grazing" is
> probably the wrong word
> in Mesozoic times, since there was a distinct lack
> of grass.
> 
> On the other hand, the mouths of sheep and goats are
> quite similar, yet
> the former is a grazer, the latter largely a
> browser.
> 
> -- 
>
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