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Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur

Making this the second case of a velociraptorine known to have bitten an


On Sat, March 3, 2012 3:03 pm, Ben Creisler wrote:
> 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.

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