Inferred bite marks on a Late Cretaceous (Santonian) bothremydid turtle and a hylaeochampsid crocodilian from Hungary

Botfalvai, G [Botfalvai, Gábor (Geológia), szerző] Általános és Alkalmazott Földtani Tanszék (ELTE / TTK / Ft_K); Prondvai, E [Prondvai, Edina (paleobiológia), szerző] MTA-ELTE Lendület Dinoszaurusz Kutatócsoport (ELTE / TTK / Ft_K); Osi, A [Ősi, Attila (Gerinces paleonto...), szerző] MTA-ELTE Lendület Dinoszaurusz Kutatócsoport (ELTE / TTK / Ft_K)

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: CRETACEOUS RESEARCH 0195-6671 1095-998X 50 pp. 304-317 2014
  • SJR Scopus - Paleontology: Q1
    The Iharkút locality in the Bakony Mountains of western Hungary has provided a rich and diverse assemblage of Late Cretaceous vertebrates. Here we present two specimens of this assemblage, a plate fragment of the bothremydid turtle Foxemys trabanti, and a partial skull roof of the hylaeochampsid crocodilian, Iharkutosuchus makadii, that exhibit pathological traits, such as shallow and deep pits, bisected pits, and scores on their surface, and in the case of the skull roof, also a hole piercing through the entire bone thickness. Morphological and bone histological features of these pathological traits imply that they probably represent bite marks rather than deformations due to pre-mortem shell diseases, infections or post-mortem invertebrate bioerosion, and microbial activity. Morphological similarities with experimentally investigated crocodilian tooth marks suggest that both elements bear the bite marks of a crocodilian predator with typical conical teeth, possibly the Allodaposuchus-like crocodile, also known from the locality. The inferred tooth marks on the dorsal surface of the Iharkutosuchus skull roof indicate a rarely documented predator-prey interaction between two different crocodilian taxa rather than antagonistic behaviour over common resources. Nevertheless, more comparative studies are needed on different traumatic as well as non-traumatic bone pathologies that may eventuate in bite-mark-like abnormalities. © 2014.
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