Dunbar, Carl O. Formerly, Peabody Museum, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Any of the pebbles swallowed by animals and retained for a time in the gizzard or stomach, where they serve to grind up the food and in so doing become rounded and highly polished. Birds generally use such pebbles, as do some living reptiles, notably the crocodile and certain lizards. Some of the Mesozoic reptiles also used gastroliths. Articulated skeletons of the Plesiosaurs are generally associated with such highly polished cobbles, even when embedded in formations such as the Niobara chalk, which is otherwise free of gravel. In some instances, as many as a half bushel of such stones have been found within the rib cage. Among the dinosaurs, the great sauropods likewise used gizzard stones.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information