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Dinosaur Attracted Mates Much Like A Peacock
2011-11-07 13:46:40

A new study says that a species of dinosaur may have acted like a Las Vegas showgirl in order to attract males. Oviraptor dinosaurs had a fan of feathers similar to a flamenco dancer in Las Vegas, along with a flexible tail. The scientists said this dinosaur species may have flashed these feathers to attract attention in a way similar to the modern-day peacock. Scott Persons, a doctoral student at the University of Alberta, presented the research at the Society for Vertebrate...

Large Tail Muscle Made Carnivorous Dinosaur Faster
2011-10-16 04:37:27

A massive tail muscle made a 23-foot-long carnivorous dinosaur one of the fastest-running (and deadliest) hunters of its era, a University of Alberta researcher has discovered. According to UPI reports on Friday, Scott Persons, a graduate student in paleontology at the university, used 3D computer models of re-create the tail muscles of the twin-horned Carnotaurus. Persons discovered that the dinosaur's tail had "a series of tall rib-like bones that interlocked with the next pair in...

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2010-11-15 15:32:45

Tyrannosaurus rex was far from a plodding Cretaceous era scavenger whose long tail only served to counterbalance the up-front weight of its freakishly big head. T. rex's athleticism (and its rear end) has been given a makeover by University of Alberta graduate student Scott Persons. His extensive research shows that powerful tail muscles made the giant carnivore one of the fastest moving hunters of its time. As Persons says, "contrary to earlier theories, T. rex had more than just junk in its...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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