The discovery of soft-tissue comb remnants on a fossil could change the way we visualise dinosaurs.
The findings, published today in Current Biology, concern the fossilised remains of an Edmontosaurus regalis skeleton excavated in Alberta, Canada. What makes this specimen notable is the presence of a cranial crest composed entirely of soft tissue — somewhat comparable to a rooster’s comb.
One of the freakiest things in recent years has been relearning the appearance of dinosaurs. When I was a boy, dinosaurs were these large lizard like things but, although movies and popular culture are taking a while to catch up, scientifically it seems like they’re now looking more and more like Big Bird.
As I’ve commented before, we have to be careful about our assumptions.
- Scientists discover duck-billed dinosaurs had Rooster-like cock’s comb (mirror.co.uk)
- Never-Seen-Before Duck-Billed Dinosaur With ‘Rooster-Like Adornment’ Discovered! (designntrend.com)
- Duck-billed dinosaur had rooster-like cock comb (newscientist.com)