Tyrannosaurus bite was world's strongest
March 3, 2012 | 13 comments
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Scientists believe Tyrannosaurus rex had the strongest bite of any creature that ever lived.
Researchers used a laser scan of a Tyrannosaurus fossil to pinpoint the jaw muscles and to map pressure sensors on the skull to calculate the amount of force the jaws could bite down with. What they found was that the maximum force of the back teeth was between 30,000 and 60,000 Newtons, the equivalent of having a medium-sized elephant sitting on you.
Dr Bill Sellers, who studies the physical capabilities of living and extinct animals at the University of Manchester, told BBC Nature: "I think everyone expected T. rex to have a strong bite force, but it's even stronger than we expected. "
Source: BBC News
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