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Chubby dinosaurs survived chilly Gondwana

Chubby dinosaurs survived chilly Gondwana
Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters

Large, carnivorous dinosaurs roamed southern Australia 115 million years ago, when the continent was joined to Antarctica, say scientists who have found three footprints as evidence.

These hardy dinosaurs were padded with body fat to survive temperatures as low as minus 30ÂC and would have inhabited the area close to the south pole for at least 10 million years during the Cretaceous period, an expert says.

Palaeontologists from Australia and the US came by their findings after uncovering three separate fossil footprints measuring about 36 centimetres long, each with at least two or three partial toes.

They presented their research at a recent meeting of the US Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Texas...

...From the size of their feet, the experts figured they were up to 1.5 metres high at the hip.

"You are talking about an animal that's about 3.7 metres tall, or about the size of a small adult tyrannosaurus," Rich says...

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