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While carnivores could scavenge a burial, of course, a completely undisturbed skeleton would offer pretty compelling evidence that it had been placed out of reach of scavengers on purpose.
Obviously, many explorers/scavengers had preceded us.
Now it’s 10 years later; the kaiju-from-another-dimension invasion (the worst kind) has been quelled, and young Jake is a scavenger and a layabout and a character arc waiting to be put into motion.
These, coupled with hundreds of other chemical receptors, are likely the reason cockroaches are such effective scavengers, the researchers report today in Nature Communications.
After the station closed in 1988, scavengers and vandals gradually reduced it to a near ruin.
Barca, who is 34, subsists as a scavenger deep inside the Nāpali Coast State Park on Kaua‘i’s west coast.
The carcasses often ended up as food for dogs or scavengers.
The bones had been pulled apart, presumably by scavengers, animals.
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Did You Know?
You might guess that "scavenger" is a derivative of "scavenge," but the reverse is actually true; "scavenger" is the older word, first appearing in English in 1530, and the back-formation "scavenge" came into English in the mid-17th century. "Scavenger" is an alteration of the earlier "scavager," itself from Anglo-French scawageour, meaning "collector of scavage." In medieval times, "scavage" was a tax levied by towns and cities on goods put up for sale by nonresidents, in order to provide resident merchants with a competitive advantage. The officers in charge of collecting this tax were later made responsible for keeping streets clean, and that's how "scavenger" came to refer to a public sanitation employee in Great Britain before acquiring its current sense referring to a person who salvages discarded items.
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