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Re: Rugops

It doesn't seem to me that any carping is going on at all here, merely 
clarification on what Sereno said actually and what has been filtered 
through the media.  I find the idea of a bill-like sheath absolutely 
fascinating myself, though I do agree that a "pure scavenger" is very 
unlikely (I think you are forgetting, however, that it was apparently Sereno 
who made this suggestion, not someone on the list).

Eric Hall

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <StephanPickering@cs.com>
To: <Hall966@msn.com>
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2004 1:16 PM
Subject: Rugops

>        It always amazes me that, on the DML, there is carping against 
> Sereno
> by those who: 1) have absolutely no scholarly background in 
> ecomorphologies (a
> "pure" scavenger exists nowhere); 2) have not examined the specimens 
> Sereno
> has described. Until then, it may be a possibility that some theropods may 
> have
> supported a horny-like sheath on the tips of their snouts, although, as 
> yet,
> the actual pneumatic evidence with the premaxillary structure of several
> theropods rules this out for them.
>        Dinosaurily, Stephan P
> STEPHAN PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham
> The Dinosaur Fractals Project
> 2333 Portola Drive # 4
> Santa Cruz, California 95062-4250 USA
> stephanpickering@cs.com
> website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paleo_bio_dinosaur_ontology
> theropod research summarized: <www.dinodata.net> see under PICKERING at 
> their
> Reference Base