Tags: velociraptor | last | meal | revealed

Velociraptor’s Last Meal Revealed: A Large Reptile Sandwich

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 10:25 AM

By Marti Lotman

A velociraptor dinosaur’s last meal may have been a much larger flying reptile more than 75 million years ago, according to evidence from the discovery of a pterosaur bone in the stomach of the skeletal remains of a velociraptor mongolieniss, reports CBS News.

The pterosaur fossil found inside the velociraptor mongolieniss was discovered in 1994, but is being fully analyzed just now.

The pterosaur may have been dead before the velociraptor ingested it, the new study suggests.

“It would be difficult and probably even dangerous for the small theropod dinosaur to target a pterosaur with a wingspan of [6.5 feet] or more unless the pterosaur was already ill or injured. 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,” study researcher David Hone said.

The 3-inch pterosaur bone was stuck in the upper part of the velociraptor’s rib cage, where its stomach would have been.

“The surface of the bone is smooth and in good condition, with no unusual traces of marks or deformation that could be attributed to digestive acids. So it’s likely that the Velociraptor itself died not long after ingesting the bone,” Hone said.

The prehistoric mammal lived in what is now Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.


© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NASA Delays Soil Study Satellite Launch for 'Repairs'

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 09:20 AM

NASA has pushed back the launch of a satellite to study soil moisture to Saturday, so that it can perform minor repairs . . .

Japan to Launch New Spy Satellite

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 07:19 AM

Japan's government said it will launch a back-up spy satellite on Sunday, after canceling an earlier lift-off due to bad . . .

Obama to Propose $215M to Fight Diseases

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 06:56 AM

President Barack Obama will propose Friday that the US spend $215 million into precision medicine research, a field p . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved