Dinosaurs Behaviour

Dinosaurs in Motion

How do paleontologists determine speeds of dinosaurs using the trackways?

Although it is difficult to tell the type of dinosaur that made a track, scientists can tell the relative speed of the animals as they moved along the trackways. By measuring the distance between the footprints and the size of the tracks, they can tell that some dinosaurs ran much faster than first assumed. In other words, these tracks show that the old idea that dinosaurs were slow and sluggish wasn’t always true.


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