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Did dinosaurs live in the water ?


Posted on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 | Comment icon 50 comments


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A startling new theory suggests that dinosaurs were simply too big and cumbersome to live on land.

Professor Brian J Ford believes that the classic view of large dinosaurs lumbering across arid landscapes is false, instead he has proposed that the creatures would have spent most of their lives partially submerged in water where their bulk would have been supported by their environment.

"Earlier theories have suggested they might have swum, or lived in swamps; and much work has been done to show them wading into streams to catch fish," he said. "My view is different. I argue that they must have evolved in shallow water."

"Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures “just don’t work” in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades."

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Comment icon #41 Posted by Arbitran on 7 April, 2012, 0:13
Um... perhaps you should study plate tectonics, continental drift, and the physics of the movement of water. That's a start...
Comment icon #42 Posted by Kopernicus on 7 April, 2012, 1:52
The Earth's surface gravity was lower during the reign of the dinosaurs but not due to Earth Expansion. To understand how surface gravity has fluctuated in strength go to www.dinoextinct.com and click on 'The Gravity Theory of Mass Extinction' to a view a PDF summary of the theory.
Comment icon #43 Posted by einfopedia on 14 April, 2012, 7:59
its depend on the research so that i don't think so that they are live in a water...because its a different mammals.
Comment icon #44 Posted by angi chiesa on 20 April, 2012, 9:13
Sure they spent most of their time bouyed up by water. I was taught this at school 50years ago.. WOW some new theory.Lots of green food in water,good place to be if they are big eaters
Comment icon #45 Posted by Hilander on 27 April, 2012, 1:28
I think they lived on land and water.
Comment icon #46 Posted by catfishyeah on 7 May, 2012, 14:01
I agree.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Rockhead on 26 May, 2012, 3:29
I guess the Geophysicists at Cambridge U never got behind the [ expanding Earth theory].
Comment icon #48 Posted by FreddyScienceTeacher on 19 August, 2012, 4:14
I sometimes wonder how many theories are created just so the theorist can appear in print.
Comment icon #49 Posted by TaylorReints on 19 August, 2012, 4:47
This relates to sauropods, but whatever: Anyway, theropod dinosaurs weren't even that large. The smallest was less than a foot long while the largest was about 55 (and it is already known to have been semiaquatic). Tyrannosaurus rex weighed less than six tons, and mammoths than that! It is certainly possible that some theropod dinosaurs lived in wetland environments, but most of them weren't even semiaquatic, let alone having to swim to support their body weight.


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