…to the heads and bodies of these grass munchers would eventually have evolved. As BBC Future pointed out, “Horses and cows have flattened muzzles useful for cropping tough, low-lying vegetation.” Grass-eating, duck-billed dinosaurs might have developed squared-off snouts, and “sauropod necks might have shortened to aid grazing at their feet.”
And now for something a little more light-hearted, 12 hilarious crimes committed by animals.
Dinos that burrow?
“It’s odd that dinosaurs didn’t really [burrow], as it’s a common way of life among lizards and snakes,” paleontologist Paul Barrett told BBC Future. “Given more time, some dinosaurs might have become subterranean specialists – the scaly or feathery equivalent of mammalian moles,” the article notes.
Furry…but probably still not cuddly
Some dinosaurs before the asteroid hit were living up above the Arctic Circle in conditions that were considerably warmer than what was to come with various ice ages over the millennia. Naish wonders if some of them would have developed “thick and elaborate pelts, covered in fuzz and feathers all the way down to the tips of their toes and tails.” A woolly T-rex?
Sign up here to get Reader’s Digest’s favourite stories straight to your inbox!