Monday 18 June 2018

Dinosaurs were not all loners - some liked to snuggle up

A fossil of three young creatures 'roosting' together lay entombed in the Gobi Desert for about 70 million years. Stock photo
A fossil of three young creatures 'roosting' together lay entombed in the Gobi Desert for about 70 million years. Stock photo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Dinosaurs may have been far more touchy-feely than we previously thought, after a fossil find revealed the prehistoric animals packed together in a tight group.

A fossil of three young creatures "roosting" together lay entombed in the Gobi Desert for about 70 million years.

It offers fresh evidence that some dinosaurs were in fact sociable beasts instead of solitary predators.

Greg Funston, of Alberta University, led the team that analysed the fossil. "The trio had quite a close bond," he wrote in the journal 'Nature'.

"They were living together at the time of death."

The species of dinosaurs in the fossil have not yet been named but were described as having a crest on their heads and walking on two legs.

The fossils were discussed in Calgary, Canada, at the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology conference.

Irish Independent

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