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Re: Ceratonykus braincase described

On Thu, Apr 28th, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Don Ohmes <d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:

> It is hard to construct even a semi-convincing large terrestrial 
> vertebrate scavenger w/out incorporating a keen sense of smell, good 
> eyes, an economical gait, and stomach acids capable of dissolving bone 
> rapidly.
> Throw in the ability to swallow large objects like herbivore femurs 
> whole, and it becomes interesting.

That sounds like a good description of a giant lammergeier.

I wonder whether some of the largest pterosaurs could have been lammergeier 
analogues? They'd 
have fit your above description well (if you removed the word 'terrestrial').


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj