December 15, 2020 8:50:12 PM
Scientists have digitally reconstructed the dinosaur’s brain, giving them a rare insight into their behavioral patterns and diet.
According to a CNN report that cites a study published by the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, researchers at the University of Bristol reconstructed the brain of the Tecodontosaurus, a sauropod, believed to have been spotted in England about 205 million years ago. The results revealed that the teakodontosaurus ’diet could be meaty and that they walked on two legs.
“Our analysis of the Tecodontosaurus brain discovered many fascinating features, some of which were quite surprising. While its later relatives moved around a lot on all fours, our findings suggest that this species may have walked on two legs and was sometimes carnivorous, “said Antonio Ballell, the lead author. .
The report further says that while dinosaur fossils were discovered in the 1800s, only recently have they been able to be studied without destruction. “Although the actual brain has disappeared, the software allows us to recreate brain and inner ear shape using the dimensions of the left cavities,” Ballell added. “The skull of a Tecodontosaurus is beautifully preserved, so we compared it to other dinosaurs, identifying common features and some specific to Tecodontosaurus,” Ballell continued.
The creature’s skull, as researchers learned, revealed large flake lobes. They aid in balancing, indicating further that they have moved on two feet. “This structure is also associated with the control of balance and eye and neck movements, suggesting that the Tecodontosaurus was relatively agile and could maintain a stable gaze as it moved rapidly,” Ballell was quoted as saying. New technologies have helped create 3D models of skull and endocast.
“Our analysis showed parts of the brain associated with keeping the head stable and eyes and gaze constant during movement were well developed. This could also mean that Tecodontosaurus could catch prey, although its tooth morphology suggests that plants were the main component of it may have adopted omnivorous habits, “he was further quoted as saying.
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