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Nitpicker, Too by Qilong Nitpicker, Too by Qilong
Fantastically, as I write here ([link]) the teeth of this creature really are bigger below than above, which is a peculiar adaptation. I am particularly amazed at the level of convergence in the jaw to a large host of different animals, including anomodont therapsids, such as Suminia, and oviraptorosaurs and omnivoropterygids, which to varying degrees also diminished their teeth.

I tend to think of this guy as acquiring food with its teeth, rather than processing food, and that's what gives you such a huge set of rostral chompers.
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ShimmiDragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watched a program on this little guy yesterday, such a cool animal.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Lovely still. Weird animal. Uh hi. Don't you live in Oregon Jaime?
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A-Noob-Us Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
It seems like an adaptation for catching fish. Similar to Masiakasaurus Genus but not as specialized for larger or diverse prey as the Spinosauridae Family. I can see this small dinosaur making it's home near streams or small lakes near the shore scavenging and/or being an ambush predator for small fish and amphibians.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
While the teeth are long and procumbent (pointing forward), that is about all that they have to compare to with regards to Masiakasaurus knopfleri. I will eventually post something about a "true" fish-eater and explain the differences in some detail on my blog, but that won't be for a while.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
All sorts of food, seems like. Awesome pic. This is truly a very cool dinosaur.
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