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Tyrannosaurus Rex was a cannibal

By T.K. Randall
October 17, 2010 · Comment icon 9 comments



Image Credit: David Monniaux
One of the most fearsome predators to ever walk the earth may have also been a cannibal.
Scientists believe that Tyrannosaurus Rex would have feasted on its own kind after identifying bite marks on prehistoric bones that could have only been made by others of the same species.
Tyrannosaurus Rex's reputation as a cold blooded killer just got worse Ė the prehistoric predators feasted on each other, scientists believe.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Voyager10 12 years ago
"It's a convenient way to take out the competition and get a bit of food at the same time. " That was my defense anyway
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
I love these, "a new study has found" stories. They appear every weekend. lol
Comment icon #3 Posted by Drev 12 years ago
largest land predators to ever to stalk the earth Weren't there bigger ones? The one from Jurassic Park 3? Or is that one just holywoodised..?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hadal 12 years ago
That was a spinosaurus i think, i think it was slightly bigger but i could be wrong, they probably didnt live at the same time as each other.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Drev 12 years ago
Yeah, http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/feb/08/internationalnews , bigger than t-rex.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Yeah, http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/feb/08/internationalnews , bigger than t-rex. Size comparison chart here.... http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_g23luxfc5AY/SxyJIjdMDaI/AAAAAAAAZUg/LXbOcdg7hWM/s1600-h/20060301-spinosaurus.gif
Comment icon #7 Posted by Non sequitur 12 years ago
the most infamous reptile of all a cannibal?who'd have guessed?
Comment icon #8 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 12 years ago
But, with it's bone structure possibly making it a fairly weak jawed fisher. Would a Spinosaurus be able to do any damage to another large predator like the T-Rex. Though I've always wondered if a Spino may be more like a huge crocodile, simply tearing chunks off.
Comment icon #9 Posted by FLOMBIE 12 years ago
But this doesn't really come unexpected, as John Horner has claimed this like a decade ago.


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