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Re: Despicable New Papers

Having read the paper now, I must say that I am not fully convinced,
but deem it highly likely that what the authors describe was really a
scavenging event. While nearly-full carnivores sometimes only eat a
few extra delicious parts of their prey, the pectoralis does not seem
to belong to that sort of morsels.


On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 9:15 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:
>> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
>> On Behalf Of John Hunt
>> Hone, D.W.E., and Watabe, M. 2010. New information on
>> scavenging and selective feeding behaviour of tyrannosaurs.
>> Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
>> ABSTRACT: Feeding traces for carnivorous theropod dinosaurs
>> are typically rare but can provide important evidence of prey
>> choice and mode of feeding.
>> Here we report a humerus of the hadrosaurine Saurolophus
>> which was heavily damaged from feeding attributed to the
>> giant tyrannosaurine Tarbosaurus. The bone shows multiple
>> bites made in three distinctive styles termed 'punctures',
>> 'drag marks' and 'bite-and-drag marks'. The distribution of
>> these bites suggest that the animal was actively selecting
>> which biting style to use based on which part of the bone was
>> being engaged. The lack of damage to the rest of the
>> otherwise complete and articulated hadrosaur strongly implies
>> that this was a scavenging event, the first reported for a
>> tyrannosaur, and not feeding at a kill site.
>> Why the humerous?
>> If the carcass was old, then presumably either something else
>> ate all the good stuff or it had all rotted away.  If it was
>> rotten then surely some of the meatier parts of the carcass
>> would have more of a meal.  If something else had killed or
>> scavenged first then the other bones would have been marked.
>> If it had been a fresh carcass then again there would have
>> been choicer cuts.
> Actually, at least some of the feeding involved eating the big
> deltapectoralis muscles, as evidence by the scrape marks on the DP crest.
> This is not an insubstantial piece of meat!
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