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RE: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur

  But even if the *Protoceratops andrewsi* were capable of selecting living 
prey the size of a "raptor," it is another thing to presume that it was regular 
in this habit. Even in modern herbivores that select animal prey (deer eating 
birds, grave-robbing elephants, and of course omnivory in swine and boars) this 
is not regular or even preferential: They _are_ herbivores, after all. 


  Jaime A. Headden
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> Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:40:14 +1100
> From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Velociraptor scavenged azhdarchid pterosaur
> On Mon, Mar 5th, 2012 at 4:47 AM, "Habib, Michael" <MHabib@Chatham.edu> wrote:
> > The V-P event preserves two sets of similarly contradictory
> > information: it shows rather irrefutable evidence of combat (supports 
> > predator hypothesis) but it
> > also shows that the potential predator was undersized and getting mauled 
> > (weakens predator
> > hypothesis).
> That depends on who you assume was the predator and who you assume was the 
> prey. There's
> nothing to suggest that protoceratops was strictly herbivorous.
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