Ancient Soil Study Finds Jurassic Ecosystems Were Similar to Modern (video) Southern Methodist University Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption 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. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.