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Brain Structure Provides Key to Unraveling Function of Bizarre Dinosaur Crests

October 16, 2008

reconstruction of dinosaur skull Paleontologists have long debated the function of the strange, bony crests on the heads of the duck-billed dinosaurs known as lambeosaurs. The structures contain incredibly long, convoluted nasal passages that loop up over the tops of their skulls. Now, scientists at the University of Toronto, Ohio University and Montana State University have used CT-scanning to look inside these mysterious crests and reconstruct the brains and nasal cavities of four different lambeosaur species. Full Story

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