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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2016, 11:52:57 PM »
Ha didn't notice that until now.

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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2017, 11:15:35 PM »
A new yay spotted on the Beeb website recently: ankylosaurs were apparently probably camouflaged, which is super interesting as you wouldn't have thought they'd need it...





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A new species of mega-herbivore dinosaur discovered in Alberta, Canada, preserves incredible details of its skin, scales and spines.

The exquisite specimen is a type of amour-plated nodosaurid ankylosaur.

It was camouflaged which suggests that, despite its tank-like appearance, it hid to avoid predation.

That such a large creature needed camouflage indicates the presence of even larger, keen-eyed meat-eating theropod dinosaurs.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40815935
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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2017, 04:14:26 PM »
Nice
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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2017, 09:45:49 PM »
I guess one of the things that interests me from this is wondering what actually drives people's ideas of what these dinos etc should look like - it's interesting to find out what the real colour schemes were, but it'd also be really interesting to work out what makes people assume or project different colour ideas in the absence of other evidence. Do we assume that things were less colourful/patterned than makes sense on a simplest-answer basis, or do we accurately project across from real-world animals in similar niches, or neither?
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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2017, 08:09:47 AM »
That's a good point, possibly a bit of both?
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Re: Palaeontology yays
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2017, 01:05:33 PM »
Yeah... I'm sure one could do quite an interesting study on it. But I'd probably want an art historian, a psychologist, a palaeontologist, and like a hundred grand in funding minimum none of which I have to hand :/
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