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Re: Guts-Eating Spinosaurs
From: "Fam Jansma" <email@example.com>
The skull in at least Suchomimus is very narrow, as is the lower jaw >of
the holotype of Spinosaurus aegyptacus. When something is narrow, >it is
easily breakable and when you are dealing with struggling fish >with it's
body moving all around, the tail could snap the skull.
This reminds me: hasn't it been shown that the snout kink seen in
coelophysoids actually served to somehow reinforce the skull (ref?)? If so,
then does the same apply to the spinosaurids?
Baryonyx was a relatively basal creature, so it is logical it is more
>sturdy in the jaw area, but the Spinosaurus maroccanus had a very
Well, firstly, that's assuming the position of _Baryonyx_ within the
Spinosauridae is well understood, which I don't believe it is. And
secondly, I just want to point out that _Herrerasaurus_ is more basal than
_T. rex_, and yet the latter has much "sturdier" jaws. I'm not so sure that
being basal correlates at all with being "sturdy."
Taken to the extreme in the 7ft skull. Bye the way, does anyone have a
>picture of this skull that I could possibly have?
Of what? _Spinosaurus moroccanus_? There hasn't yet been an entire skull
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