Cannibalasaurus

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Cannibalasaurus found as scientists report in Nature Vol. 422, p515, 3 April 2003: "Tooth marks in bones from a dinosaur that roamed Madagascar more than 65 million years ago. Scientists in the United States say fossil bones from the flesh-eating Majungatholus remove any doubt it had a taste for members of its own species.

"We have the smoking gun in the form of diagnostic tooth marks and we can definitely rule out all the other carnivores known to have been on the scene," Raymond Rogers of Macalester College in St Paul at Minnesota in the US said. Rogers and his colleagues believe the marks on the bones from Majungatholus are the first clear evidence for cannibalism among dinosaurs because the size, spacing and serrations match the blade-like teeth of the species.

"Majungatholus' mouth fits the crime scene," he said in an interview. He described the finding, which is reported in the science journal Nature Vol. 422, p515, 3 April 2003, as a phenomenal window into dinosaur behaviour and feeding habits. "It is a look that we rarely get into this level of dinosaur life," he said. He and his wife, Kristina Curry Rogers of the Science Museum in Minnesota, and David Krause of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, examined fossils of the jaws and teeth of other meat-eaters on the island at the time and concluded that only Majungatholus was capable of causing the damage on the bones that had been collected on the island from 1996-1999.

But they are not sure whether Majungatholus, which was up to nine metres long and a top predator of its time, killed its prey or simply scavenged on the remains."

Editorial Comment: Take note of the last two lines. Vegetarian to scavenger, to carnivore parasite is the Biblical history of diet. Note the facts above do not conflict with this - especially the most objective statement in the last 2 lines.

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