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Terrible lizards is a podcast about dinosaurs with Dr David Hone from Queen Mary University, London and Iszi Lawrence. The podcast is aimed at grown ups but it is clean, so kids can enjoy it too.

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Feb 23, 2022

At various times in previous episodes we have talked about what various dinosaurs ate and bits of data about diet, but this time we’re going to take a more systematic look at how palaeontologists work out the diet of ancient animals. We go through the obvious ones like sharp teeth and finding bits of stuff inside them to microscopic traces of damage on the enamel, the structure of teeth and elemental isotopes that linger for a hundred million years. All good clean fun (unless you are the dinosaur being shredded by a hungry carcharodontosaur). 

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An old blogpost by Dr John Whitlock on wear marks on teeth and how that can be used to work out the diet of sauropods:


A post about Dave’s paper describing a Velociraptor that ate (part of) a large pterosaur: