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The proportions of the consumed lizard skeleton compare most closely with modern fast-running, ground-dwelling lizards like Cnemidophorus. covery (as yet unreported in the scientific literature) in Mongolia of a near relative of Deinonychus—Velociraptor. It was preserved in fatal combat with its intended prey (Protoceratops), the lethal pedal claw imbedded in the mid-section and the hands grasping the head of Protoceratops. To my knowledge, this is the only direct evidence available that clearly documents the method of kill by any theropod, and thus the only certifiable evidence of theropod predation, as opposed to scavenging.
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