[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Margaret Allen
Southern Methodist University

Ancient Soil Study Finds Jurassic Ecosystems Were Similar to Modern

Loading video...


SMU study finds Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: animals flourish among lush plants.

In modern ecosystems, it's widely known that animals flourish in regions where the climate and landscape produce lush vegetation.

A new study set out to discover whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

"The assumption has been that ancient ecosystems worked just like our modern ecosystems," said paleontologist and lead author Timothy S. Myers, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. "We wanted to see if this was, in fact, the case."

Grab higher resolution video for embedding: http://bit.ly/UROD8e.

Follow @SMUResearch on Twitter.

For more information, www.smuresearch.com.

Credit: www.smuresearch.com

Usage Restrictions: Please credit.

Related news release: Study finds Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants

[ Back to EurekAlert! ]