And how could they without nipples?
Turns out dinosaurs really did have maternal instincts. Professor Paul Else of the University of Wollongong, Australia, recently published a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology stating that dinosaurs may have lactated, and the milk they fed their young could have spiked a dinosaur babies’ growth.
It wouldn’t be the same milk that mammals produce, but instead more of a milk-like substance that birds such as emperor penguins feed to their young through their mouths. This substance may have had additives, including growth hormones, similar to additives found in pigeon milk that “allow their young to grow at phenomenal rates,” Prof. Else said in an article by Sci-News
However, the only way to prove this theory is to study dinosaur tissue, which does not fossilize. But this new study does bring us one step closer to knowing the real relationship between Little Foot and his mother.
For some fun Land Before Time trivia see our article Land Before Time Trivia.
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