Helmet-headed dinosaurs kicked like kangaroos, new study suggests

According to dinosaur lore, pachycephalosaurs, bipedal Cretaceous beasts with enormously thick domed skulls, bang their heads like bighorn sheep do today. But a new analysis suggests this is far from the case; rather, pachycephalosaurs (pack-ee-SEH’-fa-low-sawrs) may have moved more like kangaroos, using their tails as a tripod that could support them as they unleashed powerful kicks at rivals.

Paleontologists found evidence of this kickboxing behavior by analyzing a well-preserved skeleton of pachycephalosaurusmaking a virtual 3D model of it and noting which parts of the dinosaurThe anatomy of resembled that of a kangaroo and moved in surprisingly similar ways.

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