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Student Research: Different tracks, same dinosaurs: Brown researchers dig deeper into dinosaur movements

July 8, 2020

Using X-ray-based technology developed at Brown University, researchers, including lead author Morgan Turner, a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology, uncover shared subsurface movement patterns between birds and dinosaurs, adding a new dimension of fossil track diversity. “This is the first study that’s really shown how the bird foot is moving below ground, showing the patterns of this subsurface foot motion and allowing us to break down the patterns that we're seeing in a living animal that has feet similar to those of a dinosaur,” said Turner. Read more.