New theory states dinosaurs lived in water
Posted on 4:50pm Tuesday 3rd Apr 2012
Cambridge scientist Brian Ford has come up with a radical theory saying that dinosaurs actually lived in water. Their tiny feet and large tails certainly don’t seem practical for roaming on land, and surely through Darwin’s theory of evolution these worthless traits would be amended or forgotten through the survival of the fittest, with the best traits continuing in the gene pool. Many dinosaurs weighed up to 100 tonnes, and therefore it would be doubtful whether two tiny legs would suffice whilst today’s largest animals, such as elephants, have four.
Ford believed their huge tails helped them swim through lakes between 15-30 ft deep. In explaining archaeologist-discovered footprints, he suggests that it is the footprints from the muddy depths drying up. He goes on to say that this is why there are no tail marks, and surely they wouldn’t waste large amounts of energy holding their tails in the air. In the era of the dinosaurs the majority of Earth would have been covered with shallow lakes, Ford argues, with the bottom of these lakes eventually forming layers of Liassic limestone.
Despite this apparent logic and Ford’s (over-respected and over-estimated) credentials, the theory obviously has many flaws, such as why would footprints remain in mud underwater for many years?