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"Dinosaurs in bullet-proof vests"


15.11.2004 - (idw) Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

"Some dinosaurs possessed a hard bony armoured shell similar to today's 
crocodiles or tortoises - presumably to protect themselves from enemies. The 
structure of some kinds of this armour seems to be far more complex than was 
hitherto assumed. Palaeontologists of the University of Bonn were able to 
demonstrate that some of this armour plating shows a striking similarity to 
modern composite materials as used, for example, in bullet-proof vests. Other 
dinosaurs had perfected their 'armour' even further: their armour plating was 
considerably thinner and lighter - though probably just as stable." <SNIP>