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Battle scars reveal head-banger dinosaurs

By T.K. Randall
October 21, 2012 · Comment icon 9 comments

Image Credit: CC 3.0 Didier Descouens
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.


Source: abc.net.au | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by JeffRobinson 12 years ago
cool man, i cant belive how much we know about stuff, just from bones, ever wonder how wrong we are? edit: man is universal with me, its just what i say when im amazed sometimes, so dont think im calling u a man haha edit 2: too much bart simpson
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hilander 12 years ago
Doesn't surprise me since so many animals around today like to bang their heads over territory.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Bling 12 years ago
Maybe there was a really good heavy metal group around then?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cryptid-Seeker 12 years ago
UP THE IRONS FROM THE JURASSIC!!!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Glasgow dinosaurs! lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hasina 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
They banged themselves smaller and smaller, till they are the little birds we see today.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Emin 12 years ago
Pachycephalosaurus was one of my favs when i was a kid, lol.


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