First evidence of dinosaur mating rituals found
Research is shedding light on an important but previously unknown aspect of dinosaurs' lives—their mating rituals.
A new study describes the discovery of sites known as "scrapes" in parts of Colorado where dinosaurs are believed to have been.
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These scrapes have been compared to the behavior of modern birds where, according to the press release, "males show off their ability to provide by excavating pseudo nests for potential mates."
The team identified about 50 of these fossilized, dug-out areas which, in some cases, are the size of bathtubs.
To the researchers, these findings indicate that dinosaur mating rituals were similar to that of today's birds where males display strength to attract females, and females select the most capable ones as their partners.
And since their modern counterparts typically display scraping behavior close to their eventual nests, it is believed dinosaur breeding and nesting areas may be close by.