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Dinosaurs used dance moves to attract a mate


Posted on Friday, 8 January, 2016 | Comment icon 18 comments

Acrocanthosaurus would have been a sight to behold. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Sergey Galyonkin
Like modern birds, dinosaurs were no strangers to putting on a show to attract the opposite sex.
Scientists had long suspected that some dinosaurs used their colorful feathers and head crests to attract a mate and now new evidence has been found to support this idea in the form of footprints believed to have been left by two therapod dinosaurs engaged in a dancing ritual.

The tracks, which were analyzed using 3D scanning techniques so as not to damage them, were found within 100-million-year-old sandstone rock in western Colorado.

"They were evidently very active and perhaps driven into frenzies by the excitement of the breeding season," said project leader Martin Lockley of the University of Colorado.

"This is typical of some bird species. The extensive scrape evidence suggests much high-energy activity. If small birds get excited when breeding, imagine what big theropods might have done!"

The species thought to have been involved in this ritual was Acrocanthosaurus, a bipedal meat-eating behemoth that grew up to 38ft in length and weighed in at almost 6.8 tons.

"Males are the main show offs, at least in birds today," said Lockley. "This seems to be a hormone- and instinct-driven behavior of the breeding season to attract and pair with a mate."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (18)

Tags: Dinosaur, Bird


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by dragon1440 on 8 January, 2016, 23:58
So, same exact scientist same exact evidence (literally) and same semi-conclusion depending on the website. It was thought by another website that the scrapping is the more important part and shows the female how a male would be with making a nest. I actually saw it on the news this morning before this website had it. The news was going by the nest making idea. http://www.providenc.../NEWS/160109479
Comment icon #10 Posted by Chibadiba on 9 January, 2016, 4:49
Well...Looks like we'll be seeing a dance number in the next jurassic park/world movie.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Peter B on 9 January, 2016, 9:46
Pretty interesting but i couldnt help but think of this ...sorry :w00t: :w00t: I was thinking more of this (Australian ABC "Play School"):
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hal White on 9 January, 2016, 14:09
Actually Jim Henson had it figured out first. Dinosaurs Season 1 Episode 2 | The Mating Dance
Comment icon #13 Posted by YA AMAR on 9 January, 2016, 14:16
Actually Jim Henson had it figured out first. Dinosaurs Season 1 Episode 2 | The Mating Dance hhhhhhhhhhhhh, true ... i loved the Baby
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 21:53
I guess birds are descendants of dinosaurs, eh?
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 21:59
Non-bird runner-up... The "Peacock spider"
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 22:03
Nature is (can be) beautiful...
Comment icon #17 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 22:10
Comment icon #18 Posted by Nnicolette on 10 January, 2016, 14:08
Im suddenly more concerned about barneys questionable motives.


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