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Super scavengers and the meat-thieving traits that have stood the test of time

A team of researchers including Dr Kevin Healy and Dr Andrew Jackson of the TCD Zoology department along with former Zoology PhD alumni Dr Adam Kane of UCC and Dr Thomas Guillerme of Imperial College London have recently published research on the scale of scavenging behaviour across species. The research, which was a runner-up in Ecography’s E4 competition, focused on exploring the aspects of ecology and physiology which result in the varying scavenging capacities of different species. The research follows a previous publication from the team on the scavenging abilities of Theropods, such as Tyrannosaurs rex, and focuses on the need to understand the potential importance of scavenging in both living and extinct species not typically considered as scavengers. To find out more follow the link.