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Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur

It is.  I've seen David Hone's presentation on this study a few times now, and 
it was quite a big azhdarch that the velociraptor was chewing on.  Highly 
unlikely it predated something like that.

--Mike H

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On Mar 3, 2012, at 7:15 PM, "Mickey Mortimer" <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com> 

> Hopefully the evidence the azdarchid was scavenged is better than the 
> evidence the enantiornithine Microraptor ate (O'Connor et al., 2011) was 
> predated.
> Mickey Mortimer
> ----------------------------------------
>> Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:03:05 -0800
>> From: bcreisler@gmail.com
>> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
>> Subject: 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.