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Unique: The skeleton of the dinosaur examined by Filippo Bertozzo

Unique: The skeleton of the dinosaur examined by Filippo Bertozzo

Unique: The skeleton of the dinosaur examined by Filippo Bertozzo

The first Parasaurolophus ever discovered is likely to have been injured by a falling tree prior to its death, a study led by a researcher from Queen's University Belfast has discovered.

The same species features in the popular Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

Filippo Bertozzo, a PhD student from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's, examined the skeleton of the Parasaurolophus, which has been on display at the Royal Ontario Museum since being discovered in Alberta, Canada, in 1920.

He and his research collaborators from institutions in Canada, Italy and England found that the duck-billed dinosaur - known as ROM 768 - suffered major injuries before death.

The shape of the dinosaur's neck has been a source of intrigue to palaeo-artists.

Mr Bertozzo said: "Our research using paleopathological markers, which help us study the diseases of ancient humans and fossil animals, means we are now fairly certain how this iconic dinosaur would have really looked.

"ROM 768 suffered numerous injuries which suggest a major incident of trauma before its death and we think a heavy object such as a tree may have fallen on top of the animal, perhaps during a storm."

Belfast Telegraph


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