Everyone loves dinosaurs. Growing up, we spent many hours learning about them in biology classes, gazed at their remains in museums and played with toy replicas. Let’s separate the facts from the fiction because not everything we were taught as children is correct. You’ll be surprised exactly how much we were taught is simply science fiction.
The more we learn about dinosaurs, the more we realise how much we need to learn in order to fully understand these animals that walked the earth for 150 million years. There are a lot of things that we were told about dinosaurs that are simply not true. Are you aware that dinosaurs were around for thousands of years after the devastating meteor that killed them off? Did you know that other reptiles roamed the earth before dinosaurs did? Did you know that some dinosaurs had feathers? Dinosaurs still exist according to some scientists. You could have eaten a dinosaur while having your breakfast today!
Curious? You might well be! Have a read and discover the truth about these ancient reptiles.
12. Dinosaurs Were Incredibly Noisy
One palaeontologist, Julia Clarke from the University of Texas has spent years researching dinosaurs’ ability, or lack of it to vocalise. Scientists had never even discovered a dinosaur’s vocal box until Clarke’s team found a syrinx in a fossilised dinosaur; an ancestor of ducks and geese in 2013.
A vocal box known as a larynx is present in all living things that can emit sound. Birds possess a syrinx, which is much different from a larynx and is responsible for a bird’s unique noise. Clarke’s team found that the syrinx is evidence that ancient animals that were around at the same time as the dinosaurs could emit sound, but neither a syrinx or a layrinx have ever been discovered in dinosaur remains.
Clarke’s team founded the theory that: “many dinosaurs did not have a syrinx, but in fact vocalised in a manner more similar to that which we see in crocs…low-frequency booms, maybe using a resonating structure such as an inflated oesophagus or something like that, and using the larynx, not a syrinx.