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Carnivore, Not Cannibal

Photo: AMNH2009-08-27/2009-08-27

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

This image shows the gut contents of a Coelophysis, which Colbert thought were the bones of a juvenile, concluding that Coelophysis was cannibalistic. This longstanding hypothesis was rejected after a doctoral student in paleontology at the Museum glanced at the bronze fossil cast of Coelophysis in the Museum's 81st Street subway station and noticed the remains did not look like a dinosaur after all. Closer examination of the real fossil led scientists to a new conclusion: the bones in the dinosaur's stomach belonged to an animal that lived in the same area and was more closely related to crocodiles. Coelophysis was confirmed as a carnivore, but not a cannibal.

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  • Title: Carnivore, Not Cannibal
  • Creator: Photo: AMNH
  • Date Created: 2009-08-27/2009-08-27

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