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Re: Theropod eating and attacking



>On a lighter note, I have read that roadrunners have been observed grabbing
>lizards by the tail and bashing the hapless creatures on rocks "for nearly
>half an hour."  Although the lizards die quickly, the beating goes on and
>on to crush the bones of the prey for easier swallowing.  While this
>strategy could have conceivably been employed by theropods in danger of
>biting off more than they could chew, the relatively pristine condition of
>the _Bavarisaurus_ remains argues against this.
>
>Bon appetit!
>
>Ralph Miller III <gbabcock@best.com>        

I wonder if the Bavarisaurus could have been, not a part of the dinosaur's
diet, but either a scavenger or a pursuer of insects scavenging the carcass
that somehow became trapped in the animal's rib cage and died there.
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