Prehistoric podiatry: How dinosaurs carried their enormous weight

11 Aug 2022
Dinosaur illustration
Computer modelling showed sauropod feet had a soft tissue pad. Image: Dr Andreas Jannel

Scientists have cracked an enduring mystery, discovering how sauropod dinosaurs – like Brontosaurus and Diplodocus – supported their gigantic bodies on land.

A University of Queensland and Monash University-led team used 3D modelling and engineering methods to digitally reconstruct and test the function of different sauropod foot bones.

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