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New winged dinosaur discovered in China
03:43 - Source: CNN

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Study suggests many dinosaurs cooed like doves rather than roared like lions

Scientists say 'close-mouthed vocalizations' common among bird species

CNN  — 

“Jurassic Park” may have seared the vision of dinosaurs as scary, scaly creatures into many of our minds, but new findings further undermine the terrible lizards’ ferocity.

We already know that most dinosaurs were feathered and brightly-colored like birds. According to researchers at the University of Texas, they probably sounded like them too, mumbling or cooing like doves rather than roaring like lions.

“Looking at the distribution of closed-mouth vocalization in birds that are alive today could tell us how dinosaurs vocalized,” Chad Eliason, co-author of the study in the journal Evolution, said in a statement.

The researchers examined the evolution of bird calls, and made the connection that – as birds were descended from dinosaurs – the ancient creatures likely sounded the same.