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Re: Troodon/Orodromeus hypothesis



>
> Norell et al., (Science, vol. 266, no 5186, Nov 4, 1994, pg. 779) wrote
> "the possibility that the dromaeosaurids (-sic, later found to be
> troodontids)... were predators on the the oviraptorid eggs or
> hatchlings,... cannot be discounted". Of course I agree that the hatchling
> Troodontids were unlikely to break the eggs. But that's not to say they
> didn't mistakenly try. I think I've seen films of juvenile foxes gnawing
> on eggs but failing to break them. Moreover, the troodontids could have
> been attracted to the eggs in order to snatch the chorioallantoic
> membranes upon hatching. So I think that your use of the word "impossible"
> was overstated.

Yes...
And Rhea eggs are destroyed by diminutive hairy armadillos. To my
knowledge no one has observed how they do it...the presumption is that
they knock the eggs together!