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Speculations about the Diet and Foraging Behavior of Large Carnivorous Dinosaurs

James O. Farlow
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 95, No. 1 (Jan., 1976), pp. 186-191
Published by: University of Notre Dame
DOI: 10.2307/2424244
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2424244
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Speculations about the Diet and Foraging Behavior of Large Carnivorous Dinosaurs
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Abstract

Paleontological information and information about living vertebrate predators are combined to enhance speculation about the feeding ecology of carnosaurs. Like young crocodilians and monitor lizards, juvenile carnosaurs were probably catholic in diet, consuming large invertebrates, small vertebrates and carrion. Adult diets varied at different times and places, and these differences probably affected theropod foraging behavior. Carnosaurs may have hunted gigantic species of herbivorous dinosaurs in loosely integrated packs.

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