Dinosaurs Fact File by Paul Harrison

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Some think it might be able to make extended hops by running and flapping its wings rather than actually taking flight, which might be useful when chasing flying insects. What seems certain is that its feathers are used as a form of insulation, as birds fluff up their feathers to keep out the cold. 34 Avimimus You’d be doing well to spot this dinosaur because palaeontologists are still arguing about exactly what Avimimus looks like and what it can do! 5 m nds) rams (33 pou g o il k 5 1 t h Weig Food Meat speedy telligent and In s re tu a fe Special 35 Feathers What we do know from the remains we have found is that Avimimus looks very bird-like with its body and beak, but there’s still one unanswered question – does it have feathers?

What it looked like How it ate Palaeontologists consider With its beaky mouth, Bagaceratops has Bagaceratops to be far more primitive the perfect instrument for snapping off than the ceratopids – even though it tough vegetation, but it does not came later than many of them. Like have any teeth on its upper jaw, the ceratopids, Bagaceratops has a which makes chewing and swallowing relatively stocky build and short legs. the plants difficult. What it does have, However, along with its horn, its crest however, are cheek teeth, which is nowhere near as large as those of grind up mouthfuls of plant before Styracosaurus (sty-RAC-o-SORE-us) nor they are swallowed.

Corythosaurus is a herd dweller and moves in large groups in a constant search for food. Living in herds offers a degree of protection from predators, which is why so many plant-eaters live in herds. The best place to spot Corythosaurus is near swamps or shorelines because their limbs make moving around this kind of environment relatively easy, and more difficult for predators. Swimmer? When Corythosaurus was first discovered, palaeontologists thought it might be an excellent swimmer. It certainly has paddle-shaped hands and a slightly flattened tail, and the tubes into the crest were thought to be a kind of snorkel!

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