Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New fossils reveal dinosaurs may have been caring parents

January 19, 2015

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

We typically don’t think of cold-blooded dinosaurs as caring parents, but a new report shows one species that tended to its young after birth.

Published in the Geosciences Journal, the new study is based on the discovery of an apparent family of Philydrosauras dinosaurs – with an adult and six juveniles nearby.

Uncovered by a farmer in the western Liaoning Province of China four years ago, the dinosaur specimen was analyzed by researchers from the United Kingdom, Japan and China.

“The fact that six young surround what appears to be an adult suggests the animals were in natural close proximity at the time of death,” study team member Charles Deeming told The Daily Mail. “Although it is possible that the individuals were all swept together during or soon after the event that killed them it is feel that this specimen more likely represents an instance of post-natal parental care.”

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