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Palaeontology

"Mighty" T. Rex mostly picked off youngsters ?

August 16, 2009 | Comment icon 11 comments



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A new study in to the behaviour of legendary dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex has revealed that this fearsome predator would have been unlikely to attack adult dinosaurs and would have picked on defenseless youngsters instead.
Contrary to depictions in films, in books, and with plastic toys on the living room rug, T. rex and its large predatory kin very rarely attacked full-grown adult dinosaurs, a new study says.Instead the famed carnivore was most likely a dinosaur bully, picking off defenseless youngsters.


Source: National Geographic | Comments (11)


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Comment icon #2 Posted by Purplos 13 years ago
Pretty much like every other predator on Earth. They usually go for the small and the weak, right?
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissingAChance 13 years ago
yeah i know... but like it says.... "the way its depicted", they never show it hunting small baby dinosaurs... its always stegosaurus or triceratops or , "duck bills", atleast from what i can remember.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Samuronin 13 years ago
Same with modern day predators, they usually prefer easier prey. To avoid injury I think, and to preserve energy
Comment icon #5 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Well, keep in mind w are stil learning a lot about dinosaurs. And, as we continue to do so, our views on them change. Keep in mind the changes they've gone though. From slow, dumb, lumbering beasts, to a mixture of dumb t o clever and fast beasts. The sauropods lost their goose necks, and the t.rex in contention as actualy being th king.
Comment icon #6 Posted by danielost 13 years ago
t. rex's name means thunder lizard. because supposedly when it walked the ground shook.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jack_of_Blades 13 years ago
t. rex's name means thunder lizard. because supposedly when it walked the ground shook. No, Brontosaurus' name means "Thunder Lizard". By the way Brontosaurus is no longer a dinosaur. Some think Rexy had "shock absorbers" on his feet to make it easier to set up an ambush.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
By the way Brontosaurus is no longer a dinosaur. Technically, Brontosaurus is still a dinosaur, seeing as how it was a mis-identification of a apatasaurus. Tyrannosaurus Rex translates to tyrant lizard king.
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
Technically, Brontosaurus is still a dinosaur, seeing as how it was a mis-identification of a apatasaurus. Tyrannosaurus Rex translates to tyrant lizard king. He was king of the prehistoric jungle. RAWR.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DigitalDreamer 13 years ago
Course he was kng of the jungle, His crown just didn't fossilize
Comment icon #11 Posted by Mattshark 13 years ago
He was king of the prehistoric jungle. RAWR. Except it was to big live in the jungle! But yeah, picking off the weak and the young are normal predator tactics, easier prey.


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