Scientists track the brain-skull transition from dinosaurs to birds


09/13/2017 01:12 PM EDT

CT scan images of the skull roof

The dramatic, dinosaur-to-bird transition that occurred in reptiles millions of years ago was accompanied by profound changes in the skull roof of those animals–and holds important clues about the way the skull forms in response to changes in the brain–according to a new study. It is the first time scientists have tracked the link between the brain’s development and the roofing bones of the skull.

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Yale University

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