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Re: Mollusk eating (was Re: Sauropod necks????)

Phil Bigelow (bigelowp@juno.com) wrote:

<I would think that *any* medium sized theropod with a good set of sharp front
teeth and feet with nice sharp claws could do at least as good as a bear.>

  I agree with this completely. Perhaps replace "medium" with "small" and we're
in business. I illustrated this many years ago as one of the habits of eating
in oviraptorids, showing a manus clawing open a clam. This is more effective
and used today more often than cracking shells, and long claws make great
prybars. Unfortunately, since my original Tripod site died and I dismantled
what's there save the references page, that image has been lost to the aether,
though some intrepid fellow may have saved it, I cannot send it.


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)

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