Science Wednesday: Did dinosaurs coo instead of roar?

Everyone knows that dinosaurs roar, right?

new study that was released could prove us wrong, indicating that dinosaurs were more likely to mumble or coo like birds instead of roar. Not so scary as we thought, huh?

This study comes from researchers with The University of Texas at Austin, Midwestern University in Arizona, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Utah. They studied the closest relatives to dinosaurs—birds and reptiles—by using a statistical approach to analyze the distribution of their vocal abilities.

Since birds and reptiles are descendants of dinosaurs this study can shed light into what sounds they made.

This video from PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart explains:

You can learn more about the study from this UTNews article or listen to the full NPR interview with study co-author Julia Clarke: