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How Did Dinosaurs Sleep?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

Bone by bone and study by study, paleontologists are learning more than ever before about dinosaurs. But there are still many aspects about prehistoric biology that we know little about. In fact, some of the simplest facets of dinosaur lives remain elusive.

For one thing, we don’t know much at all about how dinosaurs slept. Did Apatosaurus doze standing up or kneel down to rest? Did tyrannosaurs use their tiny, muscular arms to push themselves off the ground after a nap? And, given the discovery of so many enfluffled dinosaurs, did fuzzy dinosaurs ever cuddle up together to stay warm on chilly Mesozoic nights?

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:39 AM

They slept on the ground curled up.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:40 AM

In big ol'beds.

Actually it's an interesting question, especially the point on Tyrannosaur.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

View PostHasina, on 12 October 2012 - 11:40 AM, said:

In big ol'beds.

Actually it's an interesting question, especially the point on Tyrannosaur.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:58 PM

With their eyes closed?


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:13 PM

View PostAbramelin, on 11 October 2012 - 04:04 PM, said:

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I should have added that this is a depiction based on the found skeleton.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

All this made me think of the next:



Edited by Abramelin, 12 October 2012 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

They could have been like horses or elephants and slept standing, at least the larger ones.  If your body mass is so large and heavy, laying down would be an uncomfortable and probably dangerous position to be in.  The weight would compress the lungs making breathing difficult.  Larger animals would also have to worry about blood circulation when in a laying or sitting position.  The smaller dinosaurs might have slept laying down like any other creature who's body isn't so incredibly bulky.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:57 PM

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How Did Dinosaurs Sleep?

With Dino-snores?

Edited by Junior Chubb, 13 October 2012 - 10:01 PM.

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:43 AM

The bigger the creature the more likely it was to sleep standing up, think about it for a second what happens to a beached whale   it hits dry land and slowly crushes itself.  Granted it doesn't have legs and so can't adjust itself  But still  how much bigger were the dinos than the whales of today? even with the dino's legs many of them weighed a lot more than a whale and to top that many preditors hunt at night, If this was also true with dino preditors then being asleep on the ground was a death sentence for anything caught that way.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:36 AM

I don't REALLY see the point in this study. Us humans, we all sleep differently. Some of us sleep on our sides, on our backs, on our stomach, in the fetal position. Same goes for dogs, I've seen some that sleep on there backs with leggs in the air. My jack russel, he sleeps either like a fawn (like, ya know, on his side, with his legs partially folded up, with his head near his front legs on the ground, well I guess more like a doughnut rather than a fawn), or he sleeps with either his front half on his side, and his back half on his back, or the other way around. I presume most animals, and even dinosaurs, would have different ways to sleep. Unless it's like a bird which basically can only sleep in a roosting position.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

View PostHasina, on 12 October 2012 - 11:40 AM, said:

In big ol'beds.

Wearing big ol' jammies.


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:25 AM

sleep standing or laying down like most herding  critter moma's an babies in the middle with the rest around the outside protecting???? just a guess looking at nature any way


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:02 AM

Am imagining a little t-rex trying to climb up onto the top bunk bed but his wee arms can't reach.  Aww.  Poor wee T.






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