Scientists have debunked the myth that t-Rex could run

Ученые развенчали миф о том, что тираннозавр мог бегать

T-Rex couldn’t hunt fast prey

However, the speed of this dinosaur was still higher than that with which he runs most people.

The size and weight of a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex did not allow him to move at a speed greater than 20 km/h. this is the conclusion after a special study conducted using the latest systems of computer modeling, scientists from the University of Manchester.

Initial results based solely on data on the muscle mass of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, it was assumed that the movement speed can reach 30 km/h. However, when scientists made an adjustment to some features of the skeleton of a giant lizard, the system gave a different result – only 20 km/h.

If t-Rex decided to go with a fast walk into a trot, the legs would simply not stand the weight of a massive body.

“Tyrannosaurus is the most popular of all the family of dinosaurs, and paleontologists have long debate about the speed of his movement… Now with the help of a real life program computer simulations we can construct a model of movement of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And this model shows that to run he could not – the strength of the skeleton that he just wouldn’t let. So, Tyrannosaurus was moving pretty slow and couldn’t hunt fast prey,” says Professor William sellers.

Quite a long time before scientists the paw prints of a Tyrannosaurus Rex suggests that in fact the lizard was not so nimble as it tries to present viewers with Hollywood. That, however, made him no less formidable, is not considered involved in the Manchester project Professor at the University of the U.S. state of Wisconsin Eric came to him.

“Calculated using a computer model, the maximum speed that could move the T. Rex is still above that which runs most people, and overtakes his prey by the lizard looked more than intimidating,” he says.

Recalling the famous scene from the movie “Jurassic Park”, he adds: “If Jeff Goldblum is not hidden in the jeep, hell he wouldn’t run away.”

But as explained by the results of their study, Professor sellers: “We can say that the movement is run for the majority of large carnivorous dinosaurs, it was almost impossible, however, smaller lizards were able to run pretty fast. That is, the growth of the t-Rex was getting bigger and slower, and over time his methods of hunting had to change.”

“It helps us to build a more accurate and complete picture of life in the Cretaceous period, when the planet was inhabited by thousands and thousands of dinosaurs,” adds the scientist.

As reported Корреспондент.netpreviously, scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur of the species Tyrannosaurus, which was named Daspletosaurus horneri.

Source: Russian service Bi-bi-si

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