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RE: Microraptor Wings (and sauropods(

  You misunderstand how soft, squishy, and weak sauropods, and by extension 
their skulls, are? Do you not notice that their bones are sponges? That's what 
the news reports all say, so it must be true! If I take a sponge in my hand, 
does it not squish? Squeeze it, does gushy brainmatter not pour forth? Much 
like whale bone, they are not but fluids with elastic "bone" cases surrounding 
sections of them, coated in blubber and goo!

  Plus, they're not as cool as oviraptorosaurs.


  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 

> Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 07:10:11 +0000
> From: keenir@hotmail.com
> To: qi_leong@hotmail.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: Microraptor Wings (and sauropods(
> > From: qi_leong@hotmail.com
> > To: keenir@hotmail.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> > Subject: RE: Microraptor Wings
> > Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:27:54 -0600
> >
> >
> > Perhaps, like some wasps, it used its claws to "probe" certain parts of the 
> > sauropod brain and steered it like the sauropod was a giant zombie bus. 
> > Theropods rule, sauropods (literally!) drool. This zombie-esque quality, 
> > unfortunately, likely resulted in an unhealthy taste for [sauropod] brains, 
> > which explains the relative lack of preserved sauropod skulls. So sad.
> Very.
> But one question lingers: I thought sauropods only had weak teeth suitable 
> for nipping leaves off trees. Surely the best supporting evidence would be 
> sauropod teeth getting stronger and more durable after the rise of 
> microraptors/protoavians.