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'Skin bones' helped dinosaurs survive

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: Gerhard Boeggemann
Some dinosaurs may have stored vital minerals in bones encased within their skin, it has been revealed.
Known as osteoderms, these "skin bones" would have helped to maintain the huge skeletons of large sauropod dinosaurs as well as to produce larger egg clusters. "Our findings suggest that osteoderms provided an internal source of calcium and phosphorus when environmental and physiological conditions were stressful," said biomedical scientist Matthew Vickaryous.
Bones contained entirely within the skin of some of the largest dinosaurs on Earth might have stored vital minerals to help the massive creatures survive and bear their young in tough times, according to new research by a team including a University of Guelph scientist.


Source: PhysOrg.com | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by 3.0 13 years ago
Dragons with armor plated skin?
Comment icon #2 Posted by gnostic-deity 13 years ago
kewl 3
Comment icon #3 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
I would have thought they aided protection, amazing hypothesis.
Comment icon #4 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 12 years ago
That's great ...I read similar news like this before.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Englishgent 12 years ago
Strange. I thought all bones were contained entirely within the skin.


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