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RE: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur



  Or, given some taxonomist's interpretations, the second *Velociraptor* 
(*langstoni* or sp.) to have bitten a bit of azhdarchid.

Cheers,

  Jaime A. Headden
  The Bite Stuff (site v2)
  http://qilong.wordpress.com/

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)


"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion 
Backs)


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> Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 09:19:24 -0500
> From: tholtz@umd.edu
> To: bcreisler@gmail.com
> CC: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur
>
> Making this the second case of a velociraptorine known to have bitten an
> azdarchid:
>
> http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/e95-077
>
> 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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>
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