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Jogging in the slipstream, entomologists with arachnophobia or upside-down dinosaurs: about science that first makes you laugh, but then makes you think.


Jacob Wetzel

Do you know the Edmontosaurus? It had four legs, a long tail, and a horse-like head with a beak, and it lived in what is now North America nearly 70 million years ago. Thanks to this being, we now know more about the diverse conditions under which dinosaur skin was able to survive, more precisely: mummify. Dinosaur carcasses were usually eaten, which is why it was previously thought that dinosaurs could only mummify if they were suddenly buried. But a team led by the geoscientist Stephanie Drumheller from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville showed this year in the journal Plos One on an Edmontosaurus: That’s not true. If a predatory dinosaur turned its victim inside out, so to speak, i.e. turned the inside out, then the skin was on the inside, and it was reasonably protected there and could also survive. So if you’d like to have a mummified dino skin then now you know – yes, good question.

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