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Mosasaur predation on Upper Cretaceous nautiloids and ammonites from the United States Pacific Coast

Erle G. Kauffman
Mosasaur predation on Upper Cretaceous nautiloids and ammonites from the United States Pacific Coast
Palaios (February 2004) 19 (1): 96-100

Abstract

A remarkable encounter between two Cretaceous mosasaurs of the same species and a sick or recently dead nautiloid (Argonautilus catarinae Sundberg) is recorded. It is possible that the mosasaur was training its young to attack shelled cephalopods. This is the first recorded attack by two mosasaurs on a nautiloid in the eastern Pacific Ocean, although ammonites preyed upon by mosasaurs are known from the west coast of North America.


ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 19
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Mosasaur predation on Upper Cretaceous nautiloids and ammonites from the United States Pacific Coast
Author(s): Kauffman, Erle G.
Affiliation: Indiana University, Department of Geological Sciences, Bloomington, IN, United States
Pages: 96-100
Published: 200402
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 9
Accession Number: 2005-021665
Categories: Vertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: 1 table, 1 plate
N32°30'00" - N33°30'00", W117°40'00" - W116°10'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200508
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