Science: Cannibal Dino Unearthed

Society | April 3, 2003, Thursday // 00:00

The first clear evidence that some dinosaurs were cannibals has been unearthed on the island of Madagascar.

A dinosaur the size of a small bus who lived in the twilight of the Age of the Dinosaurs was not only a ferocious meat-eater but also a cannibal, scientists say.

The fossilized remains of Majungatholus atopus, a distant cousin of the "tyrant king" Tyrannosaurus rex, were found in two spectacular beds of bones in two quarries in Madagascar.

Many of the bones bear the characteristic jagged-edge toothmarks of M. atopus, and two of his own species were among the meals, according to paleontologists reporting their work in Thursday's issue of Nature, the British science journal.

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