STL Science Center

STL Science Center

21 April 2015

Canada and Argentina

In 1979 Piatnitzkysaurus was described by Jose  Bonaparte. The dinosaur was described in an article in Science and can be found, with reading permissions, online. That is a rarity for articles, but it is very nice for us to get to read the original paper. Over time Piatnitzkysaurus has not been highly publicized, meaning that it has probably not been very highly studied either. If it has, it has not made its way into prominent publications. One study that did, though, was on the braincase of the dinosaur. This is a subject that is always of interest as we can learn an awful lot about the shape and size of the brain. This allows us to make educated hypotheses about the abilities of the dinosaur that may have been present when the animal was alive.

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