Hey, guys! Haven’t been active on Tumblr much due to it not fitting into my schedule, but I’ll try to update when I can. I had to post about this though. It’s been a busy summer!
The debate for Tyrannosaurus rex being a hunter versus scavenger is well known in the palaeontology world, as well as highly debated. For me, I’ve always felt strongly that T. rex was a mixture of both, but having the upper hand at being a great hunter. There’s many reasons for this, but one is definitely all about looking at those legs. Have you studied the proportions of a T. rex closely? The big skull, frightening jaws, and little arms are what everyone sees first. Though, I always saw their legs. They’re slender, strong, and built to run. Not to mention their vision; a hunter must have great vision and the ability to chase their prey. Those examples are just scratching the surface to support the hunter theory.
The story behind this new find/evidence to help support that T. rex was indeed a (partial) hunter was the vertebrae of a hadrosaur found to have a T. rex tooth lodged inside. Okay, but that’s happened before right? Yeah, but this time we know that the hadrosaur escaped, leaving a broken tooth in its tail and then surrounded as the bones healed themselves. This find can help support there could have been a struggle between these animals, because if the dinosaur was already killed, the bone wouldn’t have grown around the broken tooth.
Still, some think this find isn’t the determining factor to the debate, which I definitely agree with. But, it is a find that most certainly helps us uncover more of the feeding habits surrounding Tyrannosaurus rex. As more is discovered, we’ll slowly creep our way into knowing more about these amazing animals.
You can read the article about this find on Nature.com