Since dinosaurs aren't around to politely correct us, this new method of identifying dino gender is the next best thing.
Paleontologists have discovered a new way to distinguish male from female dinosaurs.
The method involves comparing the size and shape of upper hind limb bones.
In the future, well-preserved specimens, including mothers bearing eggs, could shed more light on sexual differences among dinosaurs.
Paleontologists have devised a new method to distinguish male from female dinosaurs, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.the The technique, which involves analyzing upper-hind limb bones, may help to solve this long-standing male or female anatomical mystery, since the remains of dinosaurs today are not fleshed out with soft-tissue genitals..
"Bones are shaped by the muscles that attach to them, so difference in the shape or size of muscle attachments on the leg bones suggests differences in the muscle mass of the animal that the leg belonged to," co-author Susannah Maidment explained to Discovery News. Maidment is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum in London.