Washington, Oct 31: Experts have digitally reconstructed one of the world’s largest dinosaurs, allowing it to take its first steps in over 94 million years.
The University of Manchester team, working with scientists in Argentina, were able to laser scan a 40 metre-long skeleton of the vast Cretaceous Agentinosaurus dinosaur.
Then using an advanced computer modelling technique involving the equivalent of 30,000 desktop computers they recreated its walking and running movements and tested its locomotion ability tested for the very first time.
The study provides the first ever ‘virtual’ trackway of the dinosaur and disproves previous suggestions that it was inflated in size and may not have been able to walk.
Dr Lee Margetts, who worked on the project, said that the new study clearly demonstrates the dinosaur was more than capable of strolling across the Cretaceous planes of what is now Patagonia, South America.
The study has been published in journal PLOS ONE. (ANI)