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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').

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