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The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world.
"I was amazed when I started digitally reconstructing Massospondylus' skull, and found all these features that had never been described," said Chapelle, "it just goes to show that researchers still have a lot to learn about South Africa's dinosaurs." Some of the most interesting discoveries from the skull, which is described in Chapelle's paper include: details on how the inner ear and the middle ear contacted each other and what these looked like -Where the nerves connecting different parts of the skull to the brain were and which bones they went through- that replacement teeth don't erupt in a specific pattern and are present on all teeth, and -that the bones that surround the brain in this specific fossil were not fully fused