Rare fossilised dinosaur skin reveals what famous carnivore really looked like

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Scientists have analyzed in unprecedented detail the well-preserved skin of one of the “weirdest carnivorous dinosaurs ever discovered” and found that its intricate coat was composed of various patterns of scales and studs.

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Because the exteriors of prehistoric animals disintegrate easily and leave little evidence in the form of fossils, the researchers said the specimen in question, discovered in the Chubut province of Patagonia in Argentina in 1984, was “remarkable”.

According to researchers, the scaly skin of this carnivorous dinosaur carnotaurus sastrei The most completely preserved of any theropods—a group of hollow-boned, two-legged dinosaurs from which modern birds also evolved.

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An artist’s reconstruction of Carnotaurus draws on new insights about its scaly skin

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An artist’s reconstruction of Carnotaurus draws on new insights about its scaly skin

The study was conducted by researchers from Unidad Ezecutora Lillo in Argentina and the University of New England in Australia and was Published in the journal Cretaceous Research.

Scientists have for the first time described in detail the features of the skin preserved in the shoulder, thorax, tail and possibly neck regions of the fossil skeleton..

“By looking at the skin from the shoulders, abdomen and tail regions, we found that the skin of this dinosaur was more diverse than previously thought, consisting of large and randomly distributed conical studs, intersected by a network of small elongated, diamond-shaped Surrounded by subcircular scales,” from Christoph Hendrix’s Unidad Ezecutora Lillo, said in a statement.

the large stud and the small scale carnotaurus, Scientists said, the outback was similar to the spiny satanic lizard found in Australia.

“Contrary to previous interpretations, feature scales are randomly distributed and neither form discrete lines nor show progressive changes in their shape across body parts,” the scientists wrote. “They also show little difference in morphology along the body, although their apex is located differently in different parts of the body.”

Findings, according to researchers, help deliver a makeover carnotaurus, Which translates as “carnivorous bull” in reference to its strange skull with large horns.

Considering the active lifestyles of horned dinosaurs and their need to shed excess heat, scientists speculate that the complex skin may have played an important role in regulating body temperature—a role that skin plays in modern-day mammals. and also plays in reptiles.

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