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Spinophorosaurus' brain reveals its secrets

  • 20-01-2012 7:39pm
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    Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Adam Khor


    Don´t hate me, but, again, the article is in Spanish (I didn´t find anything in English, probably because the study was made in Spain).

    I bet you all remember Spinophorosaurus, it is that cool sauropod with a spikey tail that is NOT Shunosaurus:
    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQsZrzdEIulk9MIl3r3BmxvPKs6xDpMUBp_r_pdjEIXsjF5zXAN


    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSNdTCnONQ9QnMdVST_Ot74EfdWcwuo49OVGMj_d9gDkrRwHRhexg
    So, they took Spinophorosaurus' skull and did a CAT scan, and found a surprisingly well developed vestibular apparatus, more similar- says the article- to that found in agile, fast moving animals like mongoose lemurs (!!) than to slow moving creatures.
    This suggests that not only did Spinophorosaurus have great balance, but was probably also moving faster (or moving its neck and head faster, maybe?) and with more agility than we usually imagine for sauropods. And that's the interesting stuff. Here's the article in case you want to google-translate it or something:

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSNdTCnONQ9QnMdVST_Ot74EfdWcwuo49OVGMj_d9gDkrRwHRhexg



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