Sharks eating mosasaurs, dead or alive?

Title

Sharks eating mosasaurs, dead or alive?

Creator

Rothschild B M; Martin L D; Schulp A S

Publisher

Netherlands Journal of Geosciences-Geologie En Mijnbouw

Date

2005
2005-09

Description

Shark bite marks on mosasaur bones abound in the fossil record. Here we review examples from Kansas (USA) and the Maastrichtian type area (SE Netherlands, NE Belgium), and discuss whether they represent scavenging and/or predation. Some bite marks are most likely the result of scavenging. On the other hand, evidence of heating and the presence of a shark tooth in an infected abscess confirm that sharks also actively hunted living mosasaurs.

Subject

Geology; morphology; mosasaurs; netherlands; Platecarpus; predation; Prognathodon; scavenging; sharks; Tylosaurus

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

335-340

Issue

3

Volume

84

Citation

Rothschild B M; Martin L D; Schulp A S, “Sharks eating mosasaurs, dead or alive?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 4, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6957.

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