Saturday, 23 June 2018

T Rex not rude

Fossil Hyoid Bones

The difference between the popular press (well - The Guardian) and scientific journals is illustrated by these articles covering the same story.

The Guardian - Tongue-tied: T rex couldn't stick out its tongue

PLOS OneConvergent evolution of a mobile bony tongue in flighted dinosaurs and pterosaurs

Both have there place - I would not have seen the PLOS One article if the Guardian had not mentioned it. And it takes less expertise to understand Nicola Davis's piece. She is the Guardian's correspondent.

It seems that if you are a "tear and gulp" eater you do not need a complicated tongue; if you are a picky eater, you do.

The contrast in the illustrations is interesting.

The Guardian


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