Newly discovered fossilized footprints help explain the social behavior of dinosaurs.
According to the Weekly Observer, recent discoveries of fossilized dinosaur footprints in northern Germany have helped scientists examine the social behavior of the ancient creatures.
From 2009 to 2011, scientist worked on excavating these fossils from a beach about 50 kilometers from Hannover. In addition to the work done by geologists, a number of biologists have examined the fossils.
One of these biologists is Pernille Veno Troelsen, from the University of Southern Denmark. She was the first to thoroughly examine the fossils. Although her research paper has not been published yet, she presented her findings last month at the annual meeting of the European association of Vertebrate Paleontologists in Opole, Poland.
She claimed that the footprints are evidence that these species of dinosaur may have interacted socially. Earlier analyses revealed the species of the dinosaurs as Megalosauripus, and that one of the animals was larger than the other.
Despite this knowledge, Troelsen admitted that it is unclear whether the tracks from the two animals were created at the same time. Judging by the fossilized remains of other tracks from the area, many creatures passed through it over a long period of time. She explained, “The two sets of tracks could turn out to have been laid many years apart, in which case it maybe reflects two animals randomly crossing each other’s tracks.”