Palaeontologists have uncovered fossil fragments of Velociraptor teeth alongside scarred bones of the large horned herbivore Protoceratops.
The teeth of the predator match marks on the herbivore’s bones, suggesting Velociraptor scavenged its carcass.
The discovery is further evidence that predatory dinosaurs both hunted and scavenged their plant-eating relatives.
The find also helps validate another famous fossil discovery unearthed in 1971.
Known as the “fighting dinosaurs”, that fossil shows a Velociraptor and Protoceratops apparently locked in combat, with both dinosaurs having died at the same time.
Evidence of feeding by theropod dinosaurs, such as Velociraptor or Tyrannosaurus rex, are scarce in the fossil record and the fighting dinosaurs is the most dramatic example known potentially illustrating such behaviour.