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Re: Phorusrhacids killing large mammals in National Geographic Channel

> I'm not too well versed in biomechanics, but any chance that the beak
> could have been adapted (or at least used) for slipping in between
> vertebrae and snapping the spine along the neck or back?

I have it on good authority that the biomechanics of a phorusrhacid skull has 
been the subject of a very recent investigation.  A publication is just around 
the corner (or two)...