Scientists have found dinosaur lovers
The terrain of China paleontologists have found the remains of two oviraptors. Scientists imagine that the male is courting a female, and therefore they are called heroes of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Despite the fact that in the scientific community discovered in dinosaurs of Mongolia has been dubbed the names of the legendary hero of the play, according to the main author of the study Scott Persons to find the floor of ancient animals problem. The reason lies in the fact that supple fabrics do not leave marks on fossils, reports Live Science.
The exterior of oviraptorid identical with birds - they are covered with feathers. In this regard, paleontologists to address the issue about the definition of gender was compared anatomical structure between ancient animals and advanced birds.
Oviraptors have been found traces of long feathers on the tail. For flights they were useless, and considering the opinion of the researchers, was used to attract the attention of the other sex as do the turkeys and peacocks. During analysis one of the pelvic bones of dinosaurs were discovered traces of strong muscle. From this we can conclude that he is actively adopted her own tail for mating dance.
With all of this in one of the animals hipbone more solid, indicating that sexual deformity distinctive differences in size and other differences in appearance between males and females. "Despite the fact that the size, age and main features of the anatomy of dinosaurs mostly did not differ among themselves, "Romeo" large pelvic bone distinctive form that allowed him to swing tail to attract a mate. "Juliet" these bones were smaller and arranged much easier," stated Persons.