Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Crurotarsan taphonomy

ABSTRACT: Taphonomy is the study of the processes that occur as an organism decays and, in some cases, is fossilized. A novel process of taphonomy was observed in an extant crurotarsan in the cypress swamp of the southeastern lowlands of the United States. Described herein are the methods by which the carcass was disarticulated and scavenged by therapod fauna.

Nothing says "welcome to Florida" like a bunch of vultures feeding on a roadkilled alligator.

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