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Jason Brougham <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> But really almost any adaptation in the mouthparts will function in feeding.
You need to get out more often. ;-)
> So, once more, any examples of a vertebrate that has undergone extreme
> reduction of its limbs while those limbs continued to serve a (or served an
> increasingly important), direct, function in obtaining
> I don't mean leg reduction while they still walked up to the food. I mean in
> performing functions on the food source that allow them to feed on it. That
> means cracking nuts, cutting carcasses, scraping
> algae, whatever.
Maybe alvarezsaurs were unique in this regard. They really were
oddball creatures - and I say that with affection.