Sharks eating mosasaurs, dead or alive?

B. M. Rothschild*, L. D. Martin, A. S. Schulp

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)335-340
    Number of pages6
    JournalNetherlands Journal of Geosciences = Geologie en Mijnbouw
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


    • Mosasaurs
    • Platecarpus
    • Predation
    • Prognathodon
    • Scavenging
    • Sharks
    • Tylosaurus


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