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Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new online paper:

David Hone, Takanobu Tsuihiji, Mahito Watabe, Khishigjaw Tsogtbaatr (2012)
Pterosaurs as a food source for small dromaeosaurs.
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (advance online publication)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.02.021
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031018212000946?v=s5

Stomach contents preserved in fossil specimens provide direct evidence
for the diet of extinct animals. Such exceptional fossils remain rare
for predatory non-avian dinosaurs and each can add significantly to
our understanding of trophic interactions between various taxa. Here
we present evidence for the dromaeosaurid theropod Velociraptor
scavenging on the carcass of an azhdarchid pterosaur, with a long bone
of the pterosaur being found as gut contents of the dinosaur. Despite
previous inferences of dromaeosaurs as hyper-predators, scavenging
appears to have been an important part of their ecology.