Di­nos were swim­mers, not walk­ers

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DI­NOSAURS didn’t rule the earth af­ter all – they ac­tu­ally lived in WATER, claims one sci­en­tist.

The crea­tures would have spent most of their time splash­ing through lakes be­tween 15ft and 30ft deep, and their huge tails helped them swim.

Sci­en­tists have found many di­nosaur foot­prints, but few tail marks – and one ex­pla­na­tion is that di­nosaurs held their tails aloft as they splashed through water.

Cell bi­ol­o­gist Brian Ford be­lieves that ex­plains why many di­nosaurs weigh­ing up to 100 tonnes only had two lit­tle legs, whereas to­day’s largest an­i­mals – the elephant and rhinoceros – have four.

He said: “When you think of it like that, it all makes sense. The bulky mus­cu­lar tail would have been im­prac­ti­ca­ble as de­picted in the con­ven­tional images.”

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