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Velociraptor's last meal revealed

By T.K. Randall
March 8, 2012 · Comment icon 8 comments

Image Credit: CC 3.0 Salvatore Rabito Alcón
Scientists have found the remains of a giant flying pterosaur in the guts of a velociraptor.
The new discovery suggests that velociraptors would have scavenged for food because the pterosaur would have been too large for them to have hunted themselves. "It would be difficult and probably even dangerous for the small theropod dinosaur to target a pterosaur with a wingspan of 2 metres or more, unless the pterosaur was already ill or injured," said Dr David Hone. "So the pterosaur bone we've identified in the gut of the Velociraptor was most likely scavenged from a carcass rather than the result of a predatory kill."
The bone of a large flying reptile has been found in the gut of a Velociraptor, sparking fresh discussion among palaeontologists. Velociraptors have previously been described as "hyper predators".


Source: BBC News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Taun 12 years ago
They seem to have overlooked the possibility of a herd (or gang, or pack, whatever) of raptors coming upon a (perhaps) nesting 'large reptile' and doing to it what a pack of wolves do to a bison... Do I think 'raptors could have been scavengers - sure... there is just no conclusive evidence IMO...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
What's wrong with them being both? Predators who scavenge when they need to, through injury or lack of prey.... or good luck? @Taun
Comment icon #3 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 12 years ago
What's wrong with them being both? Predators who scavenge when they need to, through injury or lack of prey.... or good luck? well said..
Comment icon #4 Posted by Taun 12 years ago
What's wrong with them being both? Predators who scavenge when they need to, through injury or lack of prey.... or good luck? @Taun Kind of what I was thinking - though you said it better... This is exactly what I think T-Rex was - an opportunistic predator/scavenger... In fact - I would think that most of the dino-carnivores were this way...
Comment icon #5 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
I wish I could eat a large flying reptile for my last meal...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Orb Em Ezat Tnod 12 years ago
On my planet Velociraptors are kept as pets... Pet Velociraptor Care With Valuable FAQs
Comment icon #7 Posted by Freshness 12 years ago
Wow, that's the same meal i had last night, Teridactyl Bones!
Comment icon #8 Posted by taiwan 12 years ago
They seem to have overlooked the possibility of a herd (or gang, or pack, whatever) of raptors coming upon a (perhaps) nesting 'large reptile' and doing to it what a pack of wolves do to a bison... Do I think 'raptors could have been scavengers - sure... there is just no conclusive evidence IMO... We have to go with the evidence, which is remain of pterosaur in the gut of velociraptor. The logic behind the theory is that pterosaur is a flying dinosaur too high for velociraptor to reach, and too large for velociraptor to go at unless the velociraptor is not afraid of being eaten alive by a much... [More]


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