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What Did Velociraptor Have For Dinner? Raptor Skeleton Discovered With Bones In Its Gut
IO9 ^ | Mar 4, 2012 9:30 AM | Lauren Davis

Posted on 03/13/2012 7:17:13 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

What did Velociraptor have for dinner? Raptor skeleton discovered with bones in its gut

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If you lie awake at night wondering Velociraptor's favorite food was (and whether it tastes much like human flesh), you're in luck. For the first time, a Velociraptor skeleton has been observed with its last supper still filling its guts, and this little guy feasted on long-dead pterosaur.

Paleontologist David Hone has published a new paper describing his findings in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, but for those who don't want to breach the paywall, he's also explaining them on his blog. This especially well preserved specimen was discovered in the 1990s, but has only just now been described. Hone and his colleagues identified the skeleton as a Velociraptor and the bones inside as a Late Cretaceous pterosaur.

This is not only the first time that a Velociraptor's gut contents have been observed, it's also the first time a pterosaur bone has been found inside a theropod, the bipedal suborder of dinosaurs to which both Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex belong. Hone calls it "exceptional evidence" that these Jurassic Park predators chowed down on pterosaurs and their kin.

We all know of the Velociraptor's hunting prowess (some of us still have nightmares about it), but how exactly did this dinosaur manage to eat a winged snack? According to the paper's abstract, this helps solidify the idea that Velociraptor sometimes scavenged for its supper, a matter Hone will be exploring very soon on his blog.

He's also posted some lovely photos of the fossil in question. The white arrow points to a spot where this Velociraptor broke its rib cage.

Photobucket Velociraptor specimen with a pterosaur bone as gut content (black arrows). From Hone et al., 2012


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: archosaur; dinner; dinosaur; dinosaurs; fossils; godsgravesglyphs; jurassicera; jurassicpark; paleontology; pterosaur; velociraptor
Photobucket Close up of the bone. From Hone et al., 2012
1 posted on 03/13/2012 7:17:25 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Near the end, all the dinosaurs had only each other to feast upon.


2 posted on 03/13/2012 7:24:18 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: SunkenCiv

Velociraptor ping!


3 posted on 03/13/2012 7:28:01 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

...ping for little boy...


4 posted on 03/13/2012 7:28:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 03/13/2012 7:37:15 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SunkenCiv; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach

ping for ggg


6 posted on 03/13/2012 7:40:31 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Well... They could catch a pterosaur on the ground. Pterosaurs couldn’t have been very agile on the ground.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:29 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Snickering Hound

Ugggghhhhh ... no wonder they’re extinct!


8 posted on 03/13/2012 7:42:46 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanx this is very interesting and there is also a bit of language humor here as ‘hone’ means ‘bone’ in japanese.


9 posted on 03/13/2012 7:52:08 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: DogByte6RER
but how exactly did this dinosaur manage to eat a winged snack?

Same way my Lab/Rottie/whatever mix managed to snatch the neighbor's escaped iridescent bird out of the air, and leave nothing but gleaming green feathers on the back porch.

Which I quickly swept away after promising to keep an eye out for 'Peaches'.

/johnny

10 posted on 03/13/2012 7:59:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lazamataz

The wool suit is long gone, but this ancestor ate well.


11 posted on 03/13/2012 8:20:02 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: DogByte6RER
but how exactly did this dinosaur manage to eat a winged snack? According to the paper's abstract, this helps solidify the idea that Velociraptor sometimes scavenged for its supper, a matter Hone will be exploring very soon on his blog.

What a ridiculous conclusion. Cats catch birds all the time, and my cat even brought a bat into the house once. Fortunately it was dead. Velociraptor was likely lying in wait behind a bush and then suddenly POUNCE, pterosaur was lunch. That is how Oscar does it, he is dang good at it. If I could stomach his kills my food bill would be minimal.

12 posted on 03/13/2012 8:58:21 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (.)
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To: DogByte6RER
What did Velociraptor have for dinner?

A Tooslowiraptor.

13 posted on 03/13/2012 9:09:42 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

My 8 month old golden retriever caught a mallard drake out on our lawn, and had killed and eaten that duck before I could stop him!


14 posted on 03/13/2012 9:27:17 PM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: SatinDoll
That's harsh. I did train mine to bring big stuff (like ducks and turkeys) back to me. And then we'd share it out.

Mmmm. Duck.... I likes some duck.

I've no problem with local wild game... jerky made out of chicken from who knows where? Treated with who knows what? and fed (dearlordIdontwanttothinkaboutit)....

Maybe not so much.

/johnny

15 posted on 03/13/2012 9:37:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TigersEye
Tooslowiraptor.

LOL!

/johnny

16 posted on 03/13/2012 9:38:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Turns out the Tooslowiraptor had just eaten a Voltiplodicus and had indigestion.


17 posted on 03/13/2012 10:16:58 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Q: What Did Velociraptor Have For Dinner?

A: Anything he wanted!

(Thank you, thank you; I’ll be here all night...)


18 posted on 03/14/2012 12:46:21 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DogByte6RER

19 posted on 03/14/2012 8:36:39 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: FrogMom; DogByte6RER; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
The other, other, other white meat.

Thanks FrogMom and DogByte6RER.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


20 posted on 03/14/2012 9:31:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Would that be Tyrannosaurus Regina?


21 posted on 03/15/2012 1:01:59 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: LibWhacker

I noticed the ad for a crook who will write your term-papers and thesis for you. Do college students do ANY original work anymore? Considering that 40% graduate and then go home to live in mom’s basement, I guess I just answered my own question.


22 posted on 03/15/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: DogByte6RER

“Raptor Skeleton Discovered With Bones In Its Gut”

Really?

You have to quit living in the past and get with the times:

http://tsadjatko.hubpages.com/hub/Pet-Velociraptor-Care-With-Valuable-FAQs

:-)


23 posted on 03/20/2012 1:18:17 PM PDT by Popobawa
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