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RE: Carnivorous ceratopsids?
It is exceedingly difficult to establish that an animal ate strictly one thing
or another. After all, deer eat carcasses, cattle
will eat live birds, and hippos actually eat a fair amount of meat. The
categories "carnivorous" and "herbivorous" are rarely
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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> Good day,
> given the new extraordinary find of _Chilesaurus_ I wonder if there is any
> "firm" evidence of possible omnivory or even
> habits in late Cretaceous ceratopsids? AFAIK some researchers suggested that
> the extremely strong curved beak could serve for
> ripping flesh just as good as for cropping plant matter. How strong is the
> current status of obligate herbivory in majority of
> ceratopsians (or even marginocephalians)? Thank you very much, Tom