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Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur
On Sun, March 4, 2012 6:47 pm, Habib, Michael wrote:
> On Mar 4, 2012, at 5:24 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:
>> Show me a living analogue for a 'herbivore' with a freaking huge beak
>> and outrageously powerful
>> jaw muscles to power it and I might be convinced of the unlikelihood.
>> The jaw apparatus of
>> protoceratops seems to be over-engineered for strict herbivory. Given
>> its apparently arid or semi-
>> arid habitat, assuming opportunistic omnivory may not be such a stretch.
>> In really bad times of
>> extended drought, tackling even a velociraptor out of desperation might
>> have been worthwhile.
> Parrots and giant tortoises immediately come to mind.
> At a casual glance, there are animals with high bite forces in all of the
> major categories of feeding (i.e. herbivory, carnivory, omnivory). While
> bite force adaptations give some idea of food preference within each
> category, I'm not sure they say anything about a preference for meat over
And its worth remembering that "herbivory" is not just folivory: plenty of
plant tissues are pretty tough, and there are various herbiviores which
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