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Did dinosaurs live in the water ?


Posted on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 | Comment icon 49 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 #40 Posted by Taun on 6 April, 2012, 16:46
I prefer the expanding earth theory. If this were the case then possibly the gravity of the planet would have been less when the planet was smaller making larger life forms viable. So... um... If the Earth were smaller... and all the landmasses touched.. and there were no seas only shallow lakes... Where did all the danged water come from?...
Comment icon #41 Posted by Arbitran on 7 April, 2012, 0:13
So... um... If the Earth were smaller... and all the landmasses touched.. and there were no seas only shallow lakes... Where did all the danged water come from?... 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 think they lived on land and water. 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
Prof Ford, a scientist, broadcaster and lecturer who is based at Cambridge University, said: “Every time you see these images, they are always the same. These huge dinosaurs crunching across arid deserts holding these huge tails erect as they are looking around for prey. This relates to sauropods, but whatever: "Beginning in the 1970s, the effects of sauropod air sacs on their supposed aquatic lifestyle began to be explored. Paleontologists such as Coombs and Bakker used this, as well as evidence from sedimentology and biomechanics, to show that sauropods were primarily terrestrial animals. In... [More]


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