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[NYTimes] Fearsome Fangs, for a Plant-Eater

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Researchers in Brazil have discovered a 260-million-year-old fossil species with a fearsome array of peculiar teeth: a set running down the middle of its mouth, and ferocious canines that were never used to eat flesh.

The new species, slightly larger than a wild pig, is a member of the extinct group of mammal-like reptiles called therapsids, the most abundant four-footed species during the Permian period...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/science/29obteeth.html
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and since the teeth werent used to tear flesh they became extinct!
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may have been used to ward off predators, or by males to fight members of the same species.

Early stage of a plant eating Walrus? lol
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Who's to say the plants way back then weren't a leathery consistency? Maybe they needed those teeth to chew those monster leaves biggrin.gif
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Maybe they had them just for the lulz?
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