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Sensitive snouts may have helped dinosaurs court mates and pick at flesh

Artist's impression of Neovenator salerii, complete with is network of neurovascular canals

Evidence of blood vessels and nerves in the head of Dinosaur fossils has generally been hard to come by. But using advanced imaging techniques, scientists have now built an unprecedented 3D picture of the interior of the skull of Neovenator salerii. They found that the carnivorous land dinosaur may have possessed a surprisingly sensitive snout that it used for foraging, feeding and even wooing potential mates.

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Category: Biology

Tags:
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fossils
  • University of Southampton
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