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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:22 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives were more intelligent than previously thought and hunted in gangs which included young and older members, researchers have claimed.

Scientists believe they have evidence that the top predator dinosaurs were highly intelligent pack animals, despite T-rex being popularly depicted as a dangerous but dim-witted loner.

This is a myth that has grown up because for many years their fossil skeletons tended to be found on their own, researchers say.

The new theory follows an analysis of skeletons of the tyrannosaur Tarbosaurus bataar from 90 sites in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

Tarbosaurus, a cousin of T-rex that lived around 70 million years ago, was a two-legged predator up to 12 metres long and weighing five tonnes.

At least half a dozen of the animals appear to have belonged to a single social group, including adults and juveniles, that died together.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

Nothing that hadnīt been suggested before... I think the idea of social (which is not the same as pack-hunting) tyrannosaurs was first suggested in the 80s... I may be wrong, tho.

It is funny, however, how the article deals with Tarbosaurus, but it is T-Rex that gets to the headline :D

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:20 PM

Thats disturbing ... imagine not one, but 5 or more T-rexs running around hunting other animals... 0 chances of survival lol :blink:

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:45 PM

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Thats disturbing ... imagine not one, but 5 or more T-rexs running around hunting other animals... 0 chances of survival

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:57 PM

watch chickens some time they hunt in packs without the pack mentality to work together. when they find something they tear it up and fight amongst each other till its gone. lol

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:38 PM

My god imagine the power a "pack" of Rex's would have. Surely they would have been unstoppable?


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:41 PM

Imagine how that would have made Jurassic Park like.  :w00t:


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 04:01 PM

I'm a bit like the T-Rex, 'a dangerous but dim-witted loner'       :tu:




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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:12 PM

View PostDevice, on 22 May 2011 - 04:01 PM, said:

I'm a bit like the T-Rex, 'a dangerous but dim-witted loner'       :tu:

Only it wasnīt dim witted... and probably wasnīt a loner either.

BTW, there is one species of crocodilian (the Cuban crocodile) and one species of bird (the Harris Hawk) which are known to hunt cooperatively. I donīt see why dinosaurs couldnīt have done the same.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:14 PM

The problem has been the lone hunter story which in reality it's dangerous and risky and leads the preditor open to injury and death with more members that lowers the risks in the hunt.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 10:58 PM

My T-rexs dreams will be more scary than ever. |: Thanks a lot. (Though the dreams are rare.)

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:48 PM

View PostMoon Princess, on 22 May 2011 - 10:58 PM, said:

My T-rexs dreams will be more scary than ever. |: Thanks a lot. (Though the dreams are rare.)

I've been eaten by a T-Rex in my dreams. It's not really that bad. Quick and painless XD

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:09 PM

View PostDevice, on 22 May 2011 - 04:01 PM, said:

I'm a bit like the T-Rex, 'a dangerous but dim-witted loner'       :tu:

T-Rex was actually considered quite smart by dinosaur standards.  The idea that they could have hunted in packs is interesting.  It was probably assumed to be a loner because its sheer size lended to the idea that it just didn't need help to take down its meals.  

It's been thought for a while that the Rex operated in a family system (they hunted in a group of several juveniles and two adults, or just the Mom depending on which scientist you talk to).  The idea that they hunted in larger groups is an interesting idea, and not such a stretch considering what we know about them.

Edited by Verneph, 23 May 2011 - 05:11 PM.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:15 PM

View PostDrakester, on 22 May 2011 - 09:12 PM, said:

Only it wasnīt dim witted... and probably wasnīt a loner either.

BTW, there is one species of crocodilian (the Cuban crocodile) and one species of bird (the Harris Hawk) which are known to hunt cooperatively. I donīt see why dinosaurs couldnīt have done the same.
do you mean the bird and the croc hunt together or the croc hunts with other crocs.  if  you mean the other the nile croc does the samething.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:17 PM

View PostVerneph, on 23 May 2011 - 05:09 PM, said:

T-Rex was actually considered quite smart by dinosaur standards.  The idea that they could have hunted in packs is interesting.  It was probably assumed to be a loner because its sheer size lended to the idea that it just didn't need help to take down its meals.  

It's been thought for a while that the Rex operated in a family system (they hunted in a group of several juveniles and two adults, or just the Mom depending on which scientist you talk to).  The idea that they hunted in larger groups is an interesting idea, and not such a stretch considering what we know about them.

if it wanted to go after a saropod it would have needed to hunt in packs.  maybe they were like lions, most hunting in packs some hunting alone.

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