How do paleontologists study dinosaurs?
Paleontologists compare fossilized bones and teeth to identify different species, determine an animal's age, what it ate, how it looked, and even how long it lived on Earth!
Paleontologists examine coprolites (or fossilized feces) to better understand the diet of animals that have long gone extinct. It was through studying coprolites—and seeing tiny chunks of bones eroded by stomach acids—that they learned that T. rex could pulverize and partially digest solid bone and often feasted on other dinosaurs.
Paleontologists also discover more about dinosaurs through CT scans. By using CT scans to produce virtual 3D models that are replicas of an animal’s brain, they learn about its keen senses. Now, paleontologists know that the T.rex had an unusually large olfactory region for a dinosaur, indicating that it had a very good sense of smell.
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