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Merge from AFD[edit]

This page is a result of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/2008–2009 hadrosaur chewing study. As of right now, it relies heavily on the info that was already available, and much more needs to be written about the various other theories and schools of thought. An excellent list of sources was created here, and moving forward we really need to incorporate those into the article. — Hunter Kahn (c) 14:38, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

I am starting work on this; feel free to rework my additions as needed. Also, I am absolutely certain that J. Spencer will work on this article, as ornithopods are his specialty. As the man has worked on more than a dozen Featured Articles, many about ornithopods (see Thescelosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Iguanodon, Parasaurolophus, Lambeosaurus) I believe he'll have some unique insights that will help in balancing this already very good article. Firsfron of Ronchester 17:47, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
I meant this message more for the people who might not have been familiar with the AFD discussion. I don't agree at all with the outcome, but I do believe most of the people who argued for it are intelligent people working for the betterment of Wikipedia, and I also believe a Hadrosaur diet article was certainly in order, so I'm sure this will be a great entry in short order. — Hunter Kahn (c) 00:43, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
So, someone here was flashing the Ornithopod-signal?
I'm not entirely certain how best to structure this so that it isn't an essay, but the historical part is reasonably cut and dried (partially copied from AFD discussion): Edward Drinker Cope's interpretation of an Anatotitan to show that hadrosaurids were water-plant gummers; the discovery of "mummies" that included fragments of plants in their guts; several landmark studies of hadrosaurs (Lull and Wright 1942, Ostrom 1964, Weishampel 1984); the summation in Bakker's The Dinosaur Heresies (probably the most influential to modern popular conceptions); and the present, where we've got studies from the back end of the dinosaurs (Karen Chin on probable Maiasaura coprolites with evidence for feeding on rotted wood), from the middle of the dinosaurs (Tweet et al on Brachylophosaurus), to the business end (computer modeling saying the upper jaws were immobile, and now this microwear study saying that they were). I'm probably missing something, but that's the general history (I know Galton's work on cheeks fits in as well). It's good to start off with an anatomical section; we'll need some diagrams as well. Marsh's "Claosaurus" annectens is probably the best on this front for the moment. J. Spencer (talk) 03:09, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
I can almost see you rubbing your hands in anticipation... ;) Hey, I know this is a long shot, but do you happen to have a PDF of Tweet et al.'s paper? Firsfron of Ronchester 03:49, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
I do, as a matter of fact. I've got the new chewing article as well, which I've been meaning to add to the references. J. Spencer (talk) 02:11, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
I changed some of the mentions of Purnell to Williams, as Williams was the lead author on the journal publication (Williams, Barrett, and Purnell). Purnell appears to be handling the public contact. J. Spencer (talk) 02:31, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

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