Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Foss. Rec., 21, 55–66, 2018

Special issue: Secondary adaptation of tetrapods to life in water...

Foss. Rec., 21, 55–66, 2018

Research article 28 Feb 2018

Research article | 28 Feb 2018

Eggs for breakfast? Analysis of a probable mosasaur biting trace on the Cretaceous echinoid Echinocorys ovata Leske, 1778

Christian Neumann and Oliver Hampe

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We describe a biting trace on the oral surface of a large Maastrichtian holasteroid echinoid Echinocorys ovata from Hemmoor (northern Germany) which exhibits four circular punctures, arranged in a semi-circular arc. The punctures were not lethal to the sea urchin as is indicated by progressed skeletal regeneration and closure of the fractures. The shape and arrangement of the biting trace are analyzed suggesting that it was produced most likely by a globidensine mosasauroid.