posted on Apr, 2 2010 @ 09:45 PM
March 31, 2010
Imagine if the shape of your head changed with the foods that you ate. That's what a team of paleontologists now thinks happened to the long-necked
sauropod dinosaur, Diplodocus, which also was one of the least intelligent dinosaurs. Its head might have been interesting, in terms of shape, but
previous studies suggest there wasn't a lot of brain power in it. But, as for all animals, it evolved what it needed for survival.
Diplodocus was a huge, hefty dinosaur that lived towards the end of the Jurassic Period around 150 million years ago in North America
Carnegie Museum of Natural History Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Matthew Lamanna and colleagues made the determination after analyzing
the skull of a juvenile Diplodocus that was recently rediscovered in the museum's collections. The researchers were surprised that this head was so
different from that of adults of the same species.
You can see the juvenile Diplodocus skull, as well as a fully restored mounted skeleton of this same species in the
Dinosaur's In Time Exibition
Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibit in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the
Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs—arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens. See dinosaurs like they
haven’t been seen in 66 million years!
Dinosours's in Time website is amazing, take the time to look it over, their creatures are beautiful.