Padded ‘high heel’ softened the path to gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs

11 August 2022

Andréas Jannel, who conducted the research during his PhD studies at UQ’s Dinosaur Lab, has been able to show for the first time that, regardless of their posture, a soft heel pad was critical to how sauropod dinosaurs supported their immense weight.  The acquisition of a soft heel pad appears to have occurred early in sauropod evolution. Along with other changes to the skeleton, it was likely a key step that allowed these dinosaurs to become the largest animals to have ever walked the earth.  

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Jannel, A., Salisbury, S.W. and Panagiotopoulou, O., 2022. Softening the stepts to gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs through the evolution of a pedal pad. Science Advances, 8(32), 1–13. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abm8