Dinosaurs held heads higher than previously thought

Published on May 27th, 2009 | by Admin


Paleontologists have reshaped the sauropod’s resting pose after studying the skeletons of living vertebrates.

“The diplodocus in the main hall vestibule of the Natural History Museum is in a perfectly good posture,” he told BBC News. “It’s one within a whole range of movement that would have been entirely possible.”

But, after studying X-rays of members of 10 different vertebrate groups, Dr Taylor is convinced that when they were not reaching down for a drink, the sauropods stood with their heads held very high indeed.

With their necks aloft, like giraffes, the dinosaurs would have towered up to 15m above the ground.

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