Tuesday, January 24, 2012

190 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Nesting Site Found

A Canadian-led team of international researchers has unearthed the 190-million-year-old nesting site of the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus — predating previously known nesting grounds by 100 million years — at an excavation site in South Africa.
The finding was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The discovery provides important clues about how the complicated reproductive behaviour of early dinosaurs evolved, said co-author David Evans of the Royal Ontario Museum.

“This amazing series of 190-million-year-old nests gives us the first detailed look at dinosaur reproduction early in their evolutionary history and documents the antiquity of nesting strategies that are only known much later in the dinosaur record.”
Read more: Huffington Post
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