So, after a long unplanned hiatus, I have started designing alien creatures again, and one image that eve before that hiatus I could not get out of my head is that of a creature which has both the pointed piercing/shearing teeth of a carnivore, and the side-facing eyes of a herbivore. The thing is, though, I don't want to just handwave it and say that I'll do it anyway because it looks good to me; I will if I have to, but I would rather have a reason.
Why, then, would teeth that only make sense for an exclusive meat-eater occur in the same species as eyes that only make sense for an exclusive plant-eater?
Now, I've asked questions on here before and subsequently, from not giving enough criteria, gotten unhelpful results, so I'll say a bit more about the creature I'm imagining; It:
- Is vaguely humanoid
- Is at least nearly human-sized
- Has a sense of smell not significantly better than that of a human, although much better hearing
- Has retractable claws on both hands and feet
- Is at least partially warm-blooded
- Is naturally evolved, not having been subject to any artificial genetic engineering, although it is not from Earth or related in any way to any Earth life
- May be either digitigrade or plantigrade (I have not decided), but may not be specifically unguligrade
My question then is this: Why would a creature meeting all the above criteria have both the teeth of a carnivore and the side-facing eyes of a herbivore?