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Osteophagy is the practice whereby animals, usually but not always herbivores, consume bones. This practice usually occurs in a nutrient-deficient environment. The animals consume the bones in order to obtain such necessary elements as phosphorus and calcium.[1]

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  1. ^ Reece, Jane B.; Campbell, Neil A. (2005). Biology (7th ed. ed.). San Francisco: Pearson/Benjamin-Cummings. ISBN 978-0805371468.