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Tyrannosaurs hunting sauropods (was late night thoughts: misunderstand what?)

Dann Pigdon writes:
 > Tyrannosaur bite marks have been confirmed on hadrosaur and ceratopian 
 > bones, however as far as I'm aware no confirmed bite marks have been found 
 > on sauropod neck vertebrae.

The same tyrannosaur bite that would make a nice, neat tooth-mark on a
Triceratops pelvis would reduce a typical sauropod cervical to
unidentifiable fragments.  Remember these things are made of bone
usually no more than one or two cm thick, often much thinner.  For a
particularly extreme example, see Figure 7.4 in Wedel 2005:

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