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Dinosaurs lived in water, claims scientist

United Kingdom,Science/Tech, Tue, 03 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 3 (IANS) Dinosaurs were too big and heavy to support themselves on dry land and must have lived in water, a scientist has claimed.


Professor Brian J Ford said the prehistoric creatures "just don't work" in the way palaeontologists have understood for decades, The Telegraph reported.


He believes their tails were too large and cumbersome for them to hunt or move with agility, and could not have consumed enough food to sustain their energy needs.


Instead, he claims they must have lived in water where their environment would support their bulk successfully.


Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Today programme Tuesday, Ford, a scientist, broadcaster and lecturer at Cambridge University, described how an shallow water landscape would have been "sympathetic" to their size.


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