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  • Heterodontosaurs have an unusual combination of teeth, with large fang-like canines at the front of their jaws and worn, molar-like grinding teeth at the back. The researchers suspect that the canines were used as defensive weapons or for adding occasional small animals such as insects to a diet composed mainly of plants.
    Heterodontosaurs have an unusual combination of teeth, with large fang-like canines at the front of their jaws and worn, molar-like grinding teeth at the back. The researchers suspect that the canines were used as defensive weapons or for adding occasional small animals such as insects to a diet composed mainly of plants.
  • Study co-author Laura Porro, a post-doctoral student at the University of Chicago, with a model skull of a full grown heterodontosaur.
    University of Chicago Medical Center
    Study co-author Laura Porro, a post-doctoral student at the University of Chicago, with a model skull of a full grown heterodontosaur.
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