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Re: Omnivorous troodontids (RE: Falcarius utahensis (was RE: Newfound Dinosaur a Transitional Creature))

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@geol.umd.edu>
To: <DragonsClaw@gmx.net>; "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 10:28 PM
Subject: Omnivorous troodontids (RE: Falcarius utahensis (was RE: Newfound
Dinosaur a Transitional Creature))

> > From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> > TooTs
> >
> > > Therizinosauroidea] had already undertaken the initial steps in this
> > > But I wonder if this transition might have begun even earlier,
> > > based on the dentition of troodontids and the posterior shift of the
> > > shaft that appears to be primitive for the Maniraptora.
> >
> > Hi everyone!
> > Any chance for Troodontidae (or some of them) perhaps being omnivors
> Hmmm... I wonder... :-)
> See:
> Holtz, T.R., Jr., D.L. Brinkman & C.L. Chandler. 2000. Denticle
morphometrics and a possibly omnivorous feeding habit for the
> theropod dinosaur Troodon. Gaia 15: 159-166.
> http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/gaiatroo.pdf
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
> Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
> University of Maryland College Park Scholars
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> > -----Original Message-----
> >
> >
Yipee! EXACTLY what I was looking for! *Dances around in his room and sings
song of joy* Many thanks!!
Hm, maybe I should explain a bit, before everyone here starts to believe Im
some kind of madman ;-)
About two month ago I attempted to put together a little site about
Deinonychosauria (Dromaeosauridae, Troodontidae and Microraptoria) - and
miserably failed because my data was hopelessly outdated. Since that time I
have been digging the net for as much info on those three families (btw.: is
it actually correct to refer to them as "families"?) as I could get hold of
and also everything that looked at least remotly related to them. I was able
to collect about 70 publications so far and also got a lot of good info from
the archives of this list and a few other sources. My intention is to put
together a site which should contain (if at all possible) all available data
and also everything that has been said about them so far in order to try and
draw a picture as "lifelike" as possible of these most fascinating animals.
I started being a "Dinomaniac" (wouldnt dare to call myself an amateur
paleontologist) when I was just three years old and after 37 years these
creatures have lost not a single bit of fascination to me. Hm, I hope this
explains a bit why Im so happy about this post.

Thanks once again!