By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News
One of the strongest lines of evidence that dinosaurs were cold-blooded, like modern reptiles, has been knocked down.
Prior studies of dinosaur bones uncovered what are known as "lines of arrested growth".
The creatures were presumed to be cold-blooded because modern cold-blooded animals show these same lines.
But scientists reporting in Nature have studied the bones of 41 modern mammal species from around the world, finding every one had these lines as well.
A number of discoveries in recent years have challenged the 40-year-old notion that dinosaurs were cold-blooded.
But because soft tissues such as organs and skin are not preserved, much of what is known about dinosaurs must be inferred from their bones, and comparisons made with modern animals that can be studied in greater detail.
Shadowwolf wrote:Probably also stems from most modern reptiles being cold blooded and assuming that the dinos were most likely also cold blooded.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests