Bizarre Dinosaurs: Why Were Some So Strange?

"I'd say probably that's what [the Mamenchiasuruses] were doing," he added.

Parasaurolophus's Elaborate Head Crest Puzzles

One of the dinosaurs to have a cameo in "Jurassic Park," the movie, the Parasaurolophus, has one of the most elaborate head crests in the dinosaur kingdom.

"Parasaurolophus is just truly weird. It's got this enormous expansion of skull bones, which projects into this banana-like lump coming out of the back of its skull," said Manning.

This "banana-like lump" has sparked much discussion among scientists. Some think it might have aided the animal's sense of smell or helped regulate body temperature. Others think the crest helped it make communication sounds.

Why Did the Triceratops Have Horns?

Distinguished by three horns atop its head, the Triceratops has also long been a subject of debate among scientists.

Traditionally, scientists thought the animal's horns were meant to protect its neck or deliver blows in combat. But now many believe that the horns were meant for display in courtship or to establish dominance.

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