Scientists Now Think This Is What Dinosaurs Looked Like
Forget everything you know about dinosaurs. Those big scary reptiles you saw in Jurassic Park? Wrong. That they later evolved into birds? Bogus. That they hatched from eggs? Completely fabricated. That they had rough, lizard-like skin? Not even close.
Groundbreaking new research from a team at the University of Chicago suggests that dinosaurs actually probably looked a lot more like Corgis.
Yes, those derpy little dogs that have become stars on the Internet are our closest living link to the age of the dinosaurs.
"We’ve identified previously unnoticed characteristics in the fossil record that led us to this startling discovery," said Professor Mason Waddington, who co-authored the paper in this month’s Annals of Paleontology about the findings. According to Waddington, the Corgi pup specifically seems to share a very strong link with dinos.
"They may look cute, but at its core, that is a ferocious beast of the past," he said.
Taking off from the water is no easy feat!
85 million years ago, when central North America was covered by a seaway, Pteranodon longiceps roamed the skies. Perhaps one of the most recognizable pterosaurs, its long, backward-pointing crest and immense size (a wingspan of up to 20 feet!) have made it a favorite for generations.