December 15, 2020 8:50:12 PM
Scientists have digitally reconstructed the brain of a dinosaur, giving them a rare perspective on its behavioral patterns and diet.
According to a CNN report, citing a study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, researchers at the University of Bristol reconstructed the brain of a Thecodontosaurus, a sauropod, believed to have been spotted in England about 205 million years ago. years. The results showed that the Thecodontosaurus diet could be meat-based and that they walked on two legs.
“Our analysis of Thecodontosaurus’ brains revealed many fascinating features, some of which were quite surprising. While all of its later relatives moved with difficulty on all four, our findings suggest that this species may have walked on two legs and was occasionally carnivorous, ”said lead author Antonio Ballell. The study further stated that Thecodontosaurus was shaped like a large dog.
The report further states that although dinosaur fossils were discovered in the 1800s, they can only recently be studied without being destroyed. “Even though the real brain has long since disappeared, the software allows us to recreate the shape of the brain and inner ear through the size of the cavities left behind,” Ballell added. “The Thecodontosaurus arm is beautifully preserved, so we compared it to other dinosaurs, identifying common features and some that are specific to Thecodontosaurus,” Ballell continued.
The creature’s brain, as the researchers discovered, revealed large flocular lobes. Helps balance, further indicating that they have moved on two legs. “This structure is also associated with the control of balance and eye and neck movements, suggesting that Thecodontosaurus was relatively agile and could keep a steady gaze while moving fast,” Ballell said. New technologies have helped create 3D models for both the brain and the endocast.
“Our analysis showed that parts of the brain associated with keeping the head stable and the eyes and eyes stable during movement were well developed. This could also mean that Thecodontosaurus could occasionally catch prey, although dental morphology suggests that plants were the main component of his diet. It is possible that he adopted omnivorous habits “, he was also quoted.
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