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Battle scars reveal head-banger dinosaurs


Posted on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have observed signs of violent head-butting on fossil skulls of pachycephalosaurs.

This particular species of dinosaur was unusual in that it featured an extremely thick skull that was so strong it would have been like having a helmet built in to its head. Scientists have long pondered over the purpose of such protection however it is generally believed that these dinosaurs would have fought one another by head-butting their rivals.

"Aggressive behavior is rampant in modern vertebrates, and birds and crocodiles are no exception," said researcher Joseph Peterson. "The head-slapping behaviour of crocodiles and the face-pecking observed in a variety of birds suggest that 'using your head' is not unique to pachycephalosaurs."

"Fossilised skulls of dome-headed dinosaurs retain signs of injuries from violent head butting or head shoving, say US scientists."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hilander on 20 October, 2012, 14:56
Doesn't surprise me since so many animals around today like to bang their heads over territory.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Bling on 20 October, 2012, 19:42
Maybe there was a really good heavy metal group around then?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cryptid-Seeker on 21 October, 2012, 10:31
UP THE IRONS FROM THE JURASSIC!!!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 21 October, 2012, 11:15
Nature never ceases to amaze me. Yet, I wish I could have head-butted my ex a few times.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado on 21 October, 2012, 15:12
Glasgow dinosaurs! lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hasina on 21 October, 2012, 15:13
Alright! So those old Jurassic Park toys that had them lower their heads so you could slam them into each other (but usually smack your fingers) were actually correct! Shweet, wish I still owned them...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Realm on 22 October, 2012, 3:53
They banged themselves smaller and smaller, till they are the little birds we see today.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ShadowOfMothman on 23 October, 2012, 16:15
So, we finally have proof that pachycephalosaurs fought using their cranial domes! God bless the scientists who made the discovery!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Emin on 13 November, 2012, 23:03
Pachycephalosaurus was one of my favs when i was a kid, lol.


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