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RE: dino-lice



Anthony Docimo wrote:

<has anyone figured out what Oviraptors were eating with their two teeth?>

  If you mean oviraptorids, then you should know they don't have teeth. I 
covered this here: 
http://qilong.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/revising-the-oviraptor-myth/ and here: 
http://qilong.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/strange-snouts-in-oviraptorid-dinosaurs-diet-in-oviraptorosaurs-iv/

  What you are talking about are paired processes of the medial palatal process 
of the maxilla that converge over the anterior (rostral) end of the vomer and 
project posteriorly and ventrally. These are conventionally illustrated as 
white, projecting through the gum of the palatal roof, as if they were actually 
"teeth." They are not. This is one of the most prevalent myths about 
oviraptorids, so it gets repeated a lot, even by well-meaning scientists who 
use the term "tooth" or variants in other languages to describe the processes, 
but which lack the intended nuance or for which no nuance is useful to separate 
the meanings.

  As for function, that has been speculated on since *Oviraptor* was first 
reported; the first link above describes this.

Cheers,

Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
http://qilong.wordpress.com/

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