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Palaeontology

Was T-Rex the fastest predator of all time ?

November 18, 2010 | Comment icon 20 comments



Image Credit: David Monniaux
Far from a sluggish scavanger it is now believed that Tyrannosaurus Rex could outrun any prey.
The exact nature of the largest predator ever to walk the Earth has been a matter of debate for some time, in recent years it has been painted as a scavanger rather as a hunter but new research in to the muscles in its tail has suggested that Tyrannosaurus Rex could have moved at considerable speed.
As well as being the largest predator ever to walk the earth, Tyrannosaurus Rex was the fastest, according to new research which dismisses suggestions the dinosaur was a sluggish scavenger.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (20)


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Comment icon #11 Posted by arjhay 12 years ago
although just thinking of it the sheer size of the muscles of the legs and overall height and the energy it needs to support energy on those muscles the t-rex must eat what 10 x a day??? it can't be stealthy because its big and it can't run that long fatigue.....and i agree with el too he's not to good with basketball...
Comment icon #12 Posted by ripperking 12 years ago
These assessments change every day... paleontology in general is very flimsy mainly because we can only work from a few bones here and there That's why I say, imagine viz. The world was a lot different in those days No one really KNOWS what it LOOKED like, only what was there, through scientific analysis and years of research in the field. Think about how life would be now, if that meteor(If that's what really happened to killl off those pesky dinos) didn't strike the earth!! We'd be competely different wouldn't we? Wow, I think my imagination is running away with me.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Littlehawk 12 years ago
I have never been able to work out, in my mind, how this thing was efficient at life in general. It's seemingly poorly balanced, 7 TONS (how can a 7 ton animal be THAT fast?), and if it fell over, how the heck could it right itself with those silly little arms? I'd like scientists to work that out.
Comment icon #14 Posted by user107026 12 years ago
this couldn't make more perfect sense
Comment icon #15 Posted by SolarPlexus 12 years ago
That's why I say, imagine viz. The world was a lot different in those days No one really KNOWS what it LOOKED like, only what was there, through scientific analysis and years of research in the field. Yeah thats all science is a best guess
Comment icon #16 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 12 years ago
I have never been able to work out, in my mind, how this thing was efficient at life in general. It's seemingly poorly balanced, 7 TONS (how can a 7 ton animal be THAT fast?), and if it fell over, how the heck could it right itself with those silly little arms? I'd like scientists to work that out. The whole idea with the tail has always been that it's a counter weight for balance. Perhaps Rex was actually balanced well enough that getting up is merely a matter of rolling to its feet and dead lifting its body weight with those massive legs? i would think a slight rotation at the hips making it... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Avant 12 years ago
Last article I remember reading about the T-Rex was that they thought it was a scavenger, so why would it need to run fast to scavenge? Apparently it wasn't running down prey as previously thought. Also I thought they said the T-Rex wasn't the biggest either? Don't know what to believe anymore
Comment icon #18 Posted by Samael 12 years ago
Isnt Spinosaurus the largest carnivorous theropod? As far as we know. And Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus, among others, were bigger than T. rex too. Pedants 1, Telegraph 0.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Coffey 12 years ago
Why won't they just let the big guy rest in peace! Ok, think about this for a second, would T-rex have been able to Swim with its tail, like a crocodile? The reason why I say is, in my mind, I'm picturing its suroundings and I'm seeing water and swamps, thick jungle and open planes, mountains and lava activity. Imagine the sheer size of the trees, natural lakes unspoilt and thriving with life fighting to survive. So maybe we could find old Rex stalking a gigantic brontiosaurus catching A drink at the watering hole. ;-) I'm picturing Godzilla (the modern one) while reading that.
Comment icon #20 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
They may have been fast, but they certainly lacked in other areas.


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