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Did dinosaurs explode ?

Posted on Friday, 30 March, 2012 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by CommieX on 30 March, 2012, 14:11
I hate when articles dumb down science. Ichthyosaurs were not dinosaurs, they were ichthyosaurs. It seems like any fossil reported about that isn't obviously a mammoth or human is written off as a dinosaur.
Comment icon #2 Posted by omerta on 30 March, 2012, 14:52
Well, the majority of people are pretty dumb.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nicany on 30 March, 2012, 15:57
Ew...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy on 30 March, 2012, 16:20
1976 was a bad year.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Eihpospiritamer on 30 March, 2012, 17:03
LOL! Thats random!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs on 30 March, 2012, 18:38
I can't stop laughing at the title.
Comment icon #7 Posted by JayMark on 30 March, 2012, 20:24
Ok. Let me sum it up. We blow up dead whales; There is a topic about exploding pigs; And now a theory about dinosaurs exploding. "Scientists could come to only one conclusion: the mothers must have exploded." I can immagine scientists concluding on that around a table while sipping a cup of coffee. Hahaha! I hope we will never hear that in a hospital though. God...
Comment icon #8 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 30 March, 2012, 22:49
What ever happened to the good old kamikaze Koalas that got you from the trees.
Comment icon #9 Posted by HawkLord on 31 March, 2012, 1:23
Wombat snipers would get them first.


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