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Last meal found within fossil dinosaur

Posted on Saturday, 1 September, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Clues to the diet of some dinosaurs can be found by analysing fossils for their stomach contents.

Sinocalliopteryx gigas was around the size of a wolf and lived 120 million years ago in wet woodland regions. Scientists examining fossils of the creature have been able to determine from the contents of its stomach that it would have preyed on other animals up to a third its size such as crow-sized birds and other, smaller dinosaurs.

"Stomach remains are evidence of actual interactions between animals, which is extremely rare in the fossil record," said researcher Phil Bell. "We're lucky to find one or two bones of anything; to get a specimen with the remains of its last meal or meals is pretty cool."

"Dinosaur fossils found with the bones of birds and small dinosaurs in their stomachs reveal the beasts may have been adept hunters capable of downing prey more than a third their own size, researchers say."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Old Man Waffles on 30 August, 2012, 13:01
Fuzzy ^___^
Comment icon #2 Posted by andy hair candy on 1 September, 2012, 12:52
120 million years from now theyll examine my stomach... mcdonalds... and beer
Comment icon #3 Posted by King Fluffs on 1 September, 2012, 15:18
120 million years from now theyll examine my stomach... mcdonalds... and beer If mine was examined all they would find would be the crushed dreams of children.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 2 September, 2012, 4:59
If birds were found in the stomach... then dinosaurs didnt evolve into birds. Case closed
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin on 3 September, 2012, 3:09
If birds were found in the stomach... then dinosaurs didnt evolve into birds. Case closed
Comment icon #6 Posted by Darkwind on 3 September, 2012, 23:06
From my understanding birds are a type of dinosaur. Like a monkey is type of primate and there are many types of primates living in the world, including us.
Comment icon #7 Posted by andy hair candy on 4 September, 2012, 10:53
thats just bad science haha
Comment icon #8 Posted by Xetan on 7 September, 2012, 8:31
If birds were found in the stomach... then dinosaurs didnt evolve into birds. Case closed Because every single dinosaur would vanish the second a bird was born.

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