Tyrannosaurus Rex 30% bigger than thought
October 15, 2011 | 7 comments
Image Credit: David Monniaux
The massive prehistoric meat-eater would have gained weight twice as fast as previously estimated.
The result was a predator substantially bigger and heavier than ever thought possible. "We knew she was big but the 30 percent increase in her weight was unexpected," said museum exhibit curator Peter Makovicky.
Modeling the teenage growth spurts of an ancient mega-predator was made possible by comparing computer models of smaller, younger Tyrannosaurs with those of full grown adults, including the tyrant lizard queen, SUE, the largest T. rex skeleton yet discovered.
Source: Discovery News
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