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beaks, teeth, gastroliths, unzipper-foot-claws
Very interesting discussions going on the past couple of days!
Gastroliths in theropods - is it possible these were ingested when a
Spinosauridae-type dino augmented his fish diet with a easily accessible
herbivore, and then just retained?
I wish we could have got the cassowary docu here in the states - I'll look for
it online. If these guys can use their feet in a deadly way then surely the
'terror birds' could have?
I thought the whole advantage of the serrated teeth of some carnosaurs was to
more efficiently dismember the flesh of a carcass? The later tyrannosaurs had
move conical teeth for dealing with bone, but I still would think they were
better at getting the meat off the body than a wolf?
If the terror-bird beaks were used in eating plant matter, wouldn't they have
had to be looking for something along the lines of the size of a coconut?
Parrots have a more 'rounded' sort of beak to apply on fruits/nuts - the beaks
of Phorusrhacids seem too elongated for that to be the mainstay of their diets?
Feel free to smash my statement with extreme prejudice. :-)