Jurassic dinosaurs

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The faces of Jurassic dinosaur might have been much more sensitive than previously thought.
Experts used advanced X-ray and 3D imaging techniques at the University's μ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre to look inside the fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii -- a large carnivorous land-based Jurassic dinosaur found on the Isle of Wight -- and found evidence that it possessed an extremely sensitive snout of a kind previously only associated with aquatic feeders.
The blood vessels and nerves that supply the head are poorly documented in Jurassic dinosaur fossils, but the new study published in online journal Scientific Reports shows that Neovenator may have possessed pressure receptors in the skin of its snout -- similar to those which allow crocodiles to forage in murky water.
However, nothing about the 125-million-year-old dinosaur suggests it was an aquatic feeder, so researchers believe it must have developed such a sensitive snout for other purposes.
Jurassic dinosaurs