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RE: Ther[i]zinosaurs - beaked or padded?


  I'm not sure what you mean by "in principle." In this case, a "pad" 
(presumably a cornified pad) versus a keratinous rhamphotheca have 
differentiable osteological/histological/superficial correlates in various 
mammalian, avian, and crocodilian taxa, and are contiguous across most of these 
taxa. This allows us to extrapolate data on how to determine the nature, form, 
and extent of any tissue covering for the snouts of therizinosauroids, 
ornithomimosaurs or (my faves, of course) oviraptorosaurs. But the point here 
is that in principle, the suggestion would require a detailed analysis to 
answer, and so simply saying "yes" would be enormously gun-jumping.


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

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> Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:52:09 +0100
> From: david.marjanovic@gmx.at
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Ther[i]zinosaurs - beaked or padded?
> > I'm watching _Prehistoric Monsters Revealed_ and the artist
> > reconstructing _Ther[i]zinosaurus_ [...] says that it is believed
> > that because there are no teeth in the front that paleontologists
> > believe _Ther[i]zinosaur[u[s_ had a beak.
> >
> > Could _Ther[i]zinosaur[u]s_ have had a pad inside the mouth like camels
> > and llamas do?
> In principle, yes, but the skull of *Therizinosaurus* is unknown, and
> *Erlikosaurus* had an ordinary beak like *Iguanodon*. That's not what
> artiodactyl skulls look like.