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Re: Phorusrhacids killing large mammals in National Geographic Channel

Still don't know if there's a way to get more of the header displayed in replies.

Anyway, a herbivorous diet for *Gastornis* has been defended in Magnificent Mihirungs, where it says that this kind of beak shape is ideal for viciously ripping out the heart of a... palm tree.

frank bliss schrieb:
Applying this to dinosaurs would be impossible except to say that your basic dinosaur probably didn't have the cleanest dental hygene and therefore a bite from almost anything can and could turn into a nasty infection. Don't let a Varanus kimodoesnsis get his teeth on you or you'll be taking antibiotics for a while assuming you get away. Nasty! There has been a lot of chatter about species of dinosaurs have used the flora living in their mouths by just getting a bite in, stepping back and being patient letting the infection kill their intended prey. They avoid a greater risk of injury in a fight that way. Something about survival advantage......
Most, if not all, of the tale of the nasty bacteria in *Varanus komodoensis* (that's right: ko-mo-do-en-sis) spittle is demonstrably false. The symptoms of being bitten don't fit an infection, but they fit snake venoms, and indeed the beast produces a pretty serious venom. Was all over the science news a year or three ago.