重磅消息已绝迹: CNN reports on dinosaur 'foreplay,' nearly six years after Forbes

在一篇题为 “恐龙神秘的性生活,” CNN 高级制片人凯蒂·亨特 (Katie Hunt) 解决了 “如何” 恐龙繁殖以及从那以后很难回答 “no fossil has revealed two dinosaurs caught in the act,” 但 “close analysis and insightsof living animals like birds are allowing paleontologists topiece together the sex lives of dinosaurs.

The report published Monday began examining the plumage of the Confuciusornis and how itsribbonlike tail feathers” 已经 “interpreted as being used for sexual display.It then delved into the behavior of modern male birds calledlekking,” which was describedcompetitively dance and perform other courtship rituals to attract the attention of femalesand how dinosaursengaged in similar mating behavior, according to fossilized ‘scrapes’ left behind in 100 million-year-old rocks in the prehistoric Dakota Sandstone of western Colorado.

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This is physical evidence of prehistoric foreplay that is very similar to birds today,” University of Colorado Denver geology professor Martin Lockley told CNN. “Modern birds using scrape ceremony courtship usually do so near their final nesting sites. So the fossil scrape evidence offers a tantalizing clue that dinosaurs in ‘heatmay have gathered here millions of years ago to breed and then nest nearby.

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