Swiss scientists have debunked the widely held belief that some deceased dinosaurs exploded after death.
The concept stems from the discovery of fossil skeletons showing unborn offspring scattered in all directions from the mother's remains. Existing theories explain this by suggesting that during decomposition the mother's body would have bloated to such an extent that the pressure caused her remains to explode like a balloon. Now however a team in Switzerland have debunked this idea by suggesting that mild currents would have been strong enough to sweep away the offspring while leaving the mother's body intact.
"The exploding dinosaur theory dates back to 1976 when paleontologists sought to explain why skeletons of ichthyosaurs, marine dinosaurs from the early Jurassic period, had been preserved in almost perfect shape in German rock while their embryos' bones were spread across the surrounding area."
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