[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: A "new" theory on Oviraptor philoceratops (I think)
Jonas Weselake-George (email@example.com) wrote:
<Is it not true that most Oviraptors are a bit too big to be dedicated
well... oviraptors? In any case I think most large eggs would be
considerably easier to break open and an animal of that size could find
many different ways. Its an interesting take though!>
This is a major consideration for the idea of a dedicated ovophagous
animal, but I would like to point out a research topic that my forthcoming
work on this subject use for supporting a diet of eggs: there are no
dedicated ovophages today, from the egg-eating snake to coatis, etc. All
physical attributes to egg eating are those related to crushing, but for
some reason, even when the snake in question, *Dasypeltis* spp., eats an
egg, it does so irregularly, and only seasonally, but possesses distinct
adaptations to egg eation, implying there was a driving force in its
evolution, even if the current product is not dedicated.
<Anyway, this is one strange animal, what else (other then eggs, molluscs
and marrow) could such a tooth apparatus be used for?>
Would like to point out that these are bony prongs, likely encased in
keratinous material, and the term "tooth" is a misnomer.
Jaime A. Headden
Little steps are often the hardest to take. We are too used to making leaps
in the face of adversity, that a simple skip is so hard to do. We should all
learn to walk soft, walk small, see the world around us rather than zoom by it.
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
Do you Yahoo!?
New Yahoo! Photos - easier uploading and sharing.