- predator /PRED-uh-ter/
- target /TAHR-git /
- consumption /kuhn-SUHMP-shuhn/
- consistent /kuhn-SIS-tuhnt/
- prey /prey/
[noun] – an animal that hunts, kills, and eats other animals
The lion is a fierce predator that preys on zebras in the savannah.
[verb] – to select as an object of attention or attack
The researchers suggested that predators targeted the old, sick, or injured sauropods as their preferred prey.
[noun] – the act of using up a resource; in this context, the act of eating or devouring prey
The rapid consumption of natural resources poses a threat to the environment.
[adjective] – unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time
Sarah’s consistent effort in her studies led to academic success.
[noun] – An animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.
Cheetahs are known for their speed and agility when chasing prey.
Smaller theropod dinosaurs like Allosaurus, Torvosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Saurophaganax coexisted with sauropods during the Jurassic Period. Despite being smaller than adult sauropods, these theropods seemed to avoid hunting them. Instead, the study found wear on their teeth, indicating a regular consumption of young sauropods. The abundance of young sauropods may have provided a consistent prey source for theropods. Overall, the research suggests that large predators primarily encountered and preyed upon young and vulnerable sauropods in the Morrison Formation.
- Have you ever observed a predator in action, either in the wild or through documentaries? If so, describe the experience. If not, what do you think it would be like to witness a predator hunting?
- Based on the article, can you share any information or experiences related to the consumption of resources in your local environment?
- Is it important for ecosystems to maintain a consistent balance between predators and prey?
- Considering the findings about the behaviors of predators in the Jurassic Period, how might changes in the availability of prey impact the overall ecosystem? Discuss the potential consequences.
- Reflecting on the article, do you think the concept of predators selecting specific targets for consumption has any parallels in human societies or industries? Explain your perspective.
- figure out
- take down