Just when most individuals thought triceratops had been the one engaging dinosaurs, CNN alerted its readers that “prehistoric foreplay” launched the warmth earlier than the Ice Age. 

In a bit titled “The mysterious sex lives of dinosaurs,” CNN senior producer Katie Hunt tackled the burning query of “how” dinosaurs reproduced and one of the simplest ways it has been highly effective to reply since “no fossil has revealed two dinosaurs caught in the act,” nonetheless “close analysis and insights” of dwelling animals like birds are permitting paleontologists to “piece together the sex lives of dinosaurs.”

The report revealed Monday started analyzing the plumage of the Confuciusornis and one of the simplest ways its “ribbonlike tail feathers” have been “interpreted as being used for sexual display.” It then delved into the conduct of newest male birds referred to as “lekking,” which was described “competitively dance and perform other courtship ritualsto attract the attention of females” and one of the simplest ways dinosaurs “engaged in similar mating behavior, according to fossilized ‘scrapes’ left behind in 100 million-year-old rocks in theprehistoric Dakota Sandstone of western Colorado.”


“This is physical evidence of prehistoric foreplay that is very similar to birds today,” University of Colorado Denver geology professor Martin Lockley instructed CNN. “Modern birds using scrape ceremony courtship usually do so near their final nesting sites. So the fossil scrape evidence offers a tantalizing clue that dinosaurs in ‘heat’ may have gathered here millions of years ago to breed and then nest nearby.”

CNN delved into how protoceratops used “flirty frills” to find a mate. 

The report then tackled “Dino sex” and one of the simplest ways dinosaurs seemingly mated very like modern-day birds and reptiles by connecting their one gap for bodily capabilities referred to as the “cloaca.”

However, paleontologist Jakob Vinther of the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences, believed that some dinosaurs like male psittacosaurus had penises like crocodiles, ostriches and geese.

“From what we can see, this cloaca would not have been suitable for cloacal kissing,” Vinther instructed CNN. “It looks like it would have been penetrative sex.” 

Meanwhile, University of Manchester paleontologist Dean Lomax tried to depict what dinosaur intercourse would have really appeared like. 

“If the female doesn’t like the male, and it’s swinging its spiked tail around, that’s a problem. You look at the potential angles. It could be that they moved together tail to tail for a cloacal kiss — a quick bang and that’s it,” Lomax acknowledged to CNN. “Potentially it could have mounted at the back but (I)think that’s more unlikely because of the friction of the spikes. Another possibility is that the female Stegosaurus could have lied down and the male mounted from the side. But it’s hard to know. We really don’t know the sex lives of these animals.”

Sadly for CNN, it wasn’t the primary news outlet to crack the case. Back in January 2016, Forbes ran a report about “prehistoric foreplay,” which even cited Martin Lockley utilizing that very same time interval. 

That did not cease CNN from pushing a notification to its app subscribers hyping the “prehistoric foreplay.”