Did dinosaurs have any relation with dung‐beetles? (The origin of coprophagy)

@article{Arillo2008DidDH,
  title={Did dinosaurs have any relation with dung‐beetles? (The origin of coprophagy)},
  author={A. Arillo and V. Ortu{\~n}o},
  journal={Journal of Natural History},
  year={2008},
  volume={42},
  pages={1405 - 1408}
}
  • A. Arillo, V. Ortuño
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Journal of Natural History
  • It is widely accepted that Mesozoic ecosystems were basically similar to Cenozoic ecosystems and it has been proposed that the role of dung‐beetles in those ecosystems was identical to that of today, but the dung of dinosaurs were used as a source of food instead of the dung of mammals. While dinosaurs have been known since Triassic, Scarabeids are present in the fossil records probably since Lower Jurassic. But a very important metabolic feature of dinosaurs has not been taken into account… CONTINUE READING
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