What Did Dinosaurs Sound Like?

We’re extra than 66 million many years far too late to know what tyrannosaurs or triceratops sounded like. The fossil record just doesn’t protect dinosaurs in sufficient detail to know what all of their organs appeared like or how they functioned. The roars and bellows of the motion pictures are, extra generally than not, mashups of residing-animal seems.

But that is not to say the Mesozoic has to be a silent movie in our imaginations. Dinosaurs probably produced seems by clapping their jaws, rubbing their scales jointly, and swooshing their tails, just like some modern reptiles do. And when it comes to vocalizations, some dinosaurs left us with some sound bites.

Hadrosaurs like Parasaurolophus and Corythosaurus experienced huge, hollow crests with extended nasal passages. By blowing air by way of these passages, we can get an concept of some of the seems they produced — small, booming calls not as opposed to a foghorn. The inner ear anatomy of these dinosaurs matches up with the seems we expect from their ornate headgear. All-around 75 million many years back, it would’ve been possible to listen to the cacophony of a Cretaceous traffic jam.