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Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur

From: Ben Creisler

A obvious question is why the Velociraptor happened to drop dead right
after eating the pterosaur bones. One possible scenario might be that
the Velociraptor was already ill or old, and had resorted to
scavenging to survive. I have not seen the paper yet so I don't know
if the taphonomy of the specimen or the health-state of the
Velociraptor individual is discussed.

This would seem to be an issue is various cases of specimens of
predators found with identifiable gut contents.The animal clearly died
or was killed within hours after feeding. If a predator was ill or
old, it might be scavenging because it was no longer able to hunt. In
such cases, the gut contents might not represent the typical diet of a
healthy individual.