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






--- On Mon, 3/30/09, don ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: don ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: Size of *Neoceratodus africanus* and/or *N. tuberculatus*
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Monday, March 30, 2009, 10:34 AM
> --- 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?

Powerful claws on both hands and feet could do the trick. 

Drew Simpson