Many dinosaurs had a need for speed, according to new research that is helping paleontologists figure out how fast, or slow, dinos once moved.
The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, show that to run faster, certain dinosaurs evolved longer legs. Concavenator certainly fits that model, and ranks 10th in dinosaur speed.
"Nicknamed the 'Cretaceous camel,' this bizarre humpbacked dinosaur has no shortage of strange anatomy, including its legs," Scott Persons, who led the study, told Discovery News.
"Concavenator has the long legs of a sprinter and also very tiny feet that suggest it may have pursued its prey only over firm dry ground," added Persons, who is a University of Alberta paleontologist. "Concavenator's great weight combined with its little toes might have made it prone to becoming mired if it tried to run across the soft soil of a marsh or swamp."
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