Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Scientists shrink the dinosaurs
Scientists at the Colorado State University has found that the statistical models used to estimate the mass of large dinosaurs may be seriously flawed. The scientists looked again at the reference sample used to set up the old statistical model and found that the math used may have caused an over-estimation of the size of dinosaurs. If true, this revelation means that they have now shrunk the dinosaurs by about half. The findings have a wide range of implications for the biology of dinosaurs. Theories on how dinosaurs moved around and their eating habits may need to be updated.