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Re: Jurassic Fight Club, and shed teeth
for some answers to your questions.
I didn't see this episode of Jurassic Fight Club, so I don't know what the
In a message dated 8/16/2008 12:19:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Question from a non-paleo engineer
Four raptors (out of ... ten?) killed bringing down dinner. Either
this has to be a seriously unusual situation or the raptors breed
fast and don't eat very often. The math doesn't work.
I keep hearing about shed teeth at "dinner sites" (consumed carcass
areas?) showing who ate what. A given theropod has, what, 40-80
teeth? Do some math. How many can he shed at each meal? How fast do
they grow? If he sheds two of 40 per meal (meaning there must be
three or four theropods at dinner given the number...? of teeth
found) and eats twice a week, each tooth takes 10 weeks to grow back?
Does that math work with known tooth replacement rates of Gators?
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