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Re: Size of *Neoceratodus africanus* and/or *N. tuberculatus*



--- On Mon, 3/30/09, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:

> Conical
> teeth may
> better serve for fish catching, but in crocodiles their
> presence is
> not hindrance for catching and eating tetrapods as well.

Don't crocs rely on their 'twist and shake' power to dismember larger prey 
(into pieces small enough to swallow)?

Given the "delicate" engineering of spinosaurid skulls, and the size of their 
potential tetrapodal prey, wouldn't the forces necessarily generated by this 
dismemberment tactic rule large tetrapods (ie, too large to swallow whole) out 
as spinosaurid food? At least until decomposition had significantly weakened 
connective tissue?

Would spinosaurids have some other way to reduce such prey to bite-size pieces?