Dinosaurs Skinnier Than Previously Thought

5th June 2012

Dinosaurs may have been much slimmer than originally thought according to a new model used to estimate body mass.

The study published in Biology Letters found that large mammals generally had 21% more body mass than the minimum skeletal “skin and bone” wrap volume, as determined by laser scanning.

If the same technique is applicable to skeletons of Dinosaurs, their body mass would have been substantially less than current estimates.