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T. rex Fact-o-Saurus

Posted November 22, 2010 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

Picture yourself being chased by a cannibal with a giant head and a huge tail swinging it behind as a counterbalance. Yes, that's a tyrannosaurus that's after you! (Of course, you'd be dreaming, since we all know the T. rex is extinct.) The recent burst of stories about this animal in my Google reader have inspired me to blog about some recent T. rex findings.

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Discoveries have shown that T. rex had a huge head. In fact, it's believed the T. rex could eat 500 pounds in one bite. But size didn't seem to have kept the animal from moving fast. A University of Alberta student compared the tails of crocodiles and Komodo dragons with that of a T. rex and discovered that the biggest muscles of their big tails attached to the upper leg bones. This provides a swinging-motion for propelling the animal forward.

It's also thought that previous researchers underestimated how much muscle a T. rex's tail had – by as much as 45%. A speedier T. rex means that the animal might not have been just a scavenger, but also a hunter.

Diet = Own Species?

T. rex was big and T. rex was hungry. Many modern-day carnivores are cannibals, including lions, polar bears, and alligators; according to dinosaur discoveries, this behavior is nothing new. Several T. rex fossils have been discovered with huge tooth marks featuring gouges that could have only been made by an eight-inch long T.rex tooth. Since T. rex was the only big carnivore known in western North America during its time, it's pretty likely it was eating its own kind.

It's tough to say whether the gouges came from scavenging or fights. If the gouges came from fighting, it's likely that the victorious T. rex ate its victim.

Downfall

While eating each other could bring down the size of a species, cannibalism likely didn't lead to T. rex's extinction. In 2009, a study was published that focused on a fossil named 'Sue.' The bones of her jaw contain holes that could be battle scars, or maybe the result of a parasitic infection.

The infection, called trichomonosis, is an avian parasite that causes a similar problem in birds – typically raptors. The infection affects the mouth and throat and can leave an animal unable to eat, which means that the specimen could have starved to death. Scientists are now examining other specimens for evidence of the same disease.

Read more about dinosaurs on the Animal Science blog.

Resources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101115131127.htm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/prehistoric/tyrannosaurus-rex/

http://news.discovery.com/dinosaurs/tyrannosaurus-rex-cannibal.html

http://www.news.wisc.edu/17148

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrannosaurus [images]

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11/22/2010 1:58 AM

a fossil named 'Sue'

Well, I've been called worse.

Cannibalism among T. rex, and the possible role of parasites in the species' downfall, are new to me. Thanks for posting the info; it's amazing what paleontologists can deduce these days.

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11/23/2010 7:12 PM

"it's amazing what paleontologists can deduce these days." You mean like the "Nebraska Man" in which they deduced what an evolved "man" looked like. They took this bone, I think it was a jaw bone or something, and created what was supposedly the structure of a "man". The only problem was that the bone that they used to create their "Nebraska Man" was really the bone of a pig.

There are many scientists so intent on finding the "missing link" that they compromise their own research and scientific processes. They will find some kind of bone and from that single bone come up with how that person or animal lived, what they ate etc. It is laughable that they then call it science.

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11/23/2010 9:15 PM

I don't know where you've been, 'Guest', but the science of paleontology has made great strides since the case of Nebraska Man. One could even say it has evolved.

You are aware that the case you cite occurred 90 years ago? What's your point?

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Crikey 'caps lock' - Ur one brave dude

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11/24/2010 1:23 PM

I'm just saying that regardless or whether it was 90 years ago or last week it is still conjecture about what these early animals or men were like. But yet the "evidence" is presented as factual, when it isn't at all based on fact.

When there is a full or mostly full skeletal fossil found, that is credible. But don't take someones overly active imagination and wish and present it as fact.

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11/24/2010 2:01 PM

But one must work through the theories to arrive at the facts. Perhaps a lesson on the distinctions between, and the relationships among, historical science and experimental research may be in order.

Is it proven that T. rex was cannibalistic? No. Or warm-blooded? No, but evidence is increasingly pointing in that direction. Historic evidence.

By your own logic, I could argue that man never walked on the moon. "Evidence" from 1969 has been presented as factual....but is the result of someone's overly active imagination.

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11/23/2010 5:59 PM

If it is a cannibal with those features, I'd not worry too much about it as I do not have similar features. On the other hand, a carnivore with those features would be quite a different story.......Cannibals eat their own kind, whereas carnivores eat meat.

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11/24/2010 7:14 AM

I'm aware of the difference - T. rex was both according to the studies. Just trying to use a catchy first sentence to lure readers into the blog entry. Guess it worked!

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11/23/2010 6:17 PM

Comparing T. Rex tails to reptilian tails may be misleading. There is a growing body of evidence (i.e., bone structure, growth rate, feathers as a heat-exchange mechanism, etc.) suggesting T. Rex and other major dinosaur species were most likely warm-blooded, meaning they are not reptilian at all, in spite of the misnomer. Perhaps the researchers should be studying bird tails instead of reptilian tails. After all, it appears now that not all dinosaurs went extinct- the smart ones just got a whole lot smaller and learned how to fly in response to non-anthropomorphic climate change...

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11/23/2010 7:51 PM

Tex-Rex was (still is) my nickname for my X-wife during and after our 5-year long divorce battle.....once she got her teeth into you she'd never let go!

BTW, my X-Mother-in-Law's nickname is "Dragon Lady"!

Of course "Sid Vicious" was her mouthpiece shister....an evil little man (w/ Little Man Big Ego), of course related to Rex, whom I once fired eons ago because he bungled our house closing. I guess he was serving up some revenge....

All nick's fit 'em perfectly....to the tee(th)!!! ***LOL***

If you have an X, what's your nic for them? Curiousity killed the Kat ya know, eh?

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Hi Capt - You forgot to mention any pet names they may have had for you?

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Well well well "Guest", I'm not aware of any nicknames they may have applied to me, and that really doesn't bother me at all if they had. I'm not thin-skinned as you may have been led to believe. Poor pathetic you appears to be thoroughly misguided...

Question for you: Does it bother you that I applied some nics to my X, her misguided mother, and her chit-head of an attorney? By your response I surmise you must be an attorney yourself, and that you are prepared to throw out into this Forum a long list (of nics to apply to me), don't you?

While you're at it, why don't you identify yourself instead of logging in as a "Guest". Usually, if someone cannot ID themselves to me or anyone else at the very get go, then they don't get my handshake nor my attention thereafter. But I'll make this one exception for you, just this once. And, that's not a question I posed at the beginning of this paragraph, but rather a suggestion, or are you too much a Chicken-Chit to do so? SOP as usual for you jerk-wads that log in anonymously.

BTW, my original posting in this blog was meant as a little "levity" because the T-Rex reference, which is coincidental to my X's nickname. I'm quite sure that there are many others in this Forum who have X's with nicknames they've applied to and I was just curious as to what those names would be, that's all. But as usual, there are folks in this forum (like you) that like to take pot-shots at me for the sure sake of it, notwithstanding whether my posting is serious or not. Also, you take yourself too seriously, as evidenced by what you've posted. That goes to the same Peanut Gallery of fools that agreed with you. Most likely you're a little too thin skin yourself for taking a swing at me, however ill conceived it is. You see, I don't care one iota if I'm popular herein or not, or even if you don't agree with my sentiments, or even my serious answers. Since you have logged in as a "Guest" then I must surmised that you must be one of those Pond Scum who previously tried a whack and wild swing at me a few months back in the Haiti Container Housing blogs?

After I post this response I'm not even going to respond to your follow-up blather, as it's just not worth it......

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day "polliwog" down in the murky depths... LOL

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11/24/2010 12:07 PM

The original (by you) was OT, the responce bait. Let it go dude - this might possibly bve halfway interesting as a thread. Not worth the chowder.

Of course, I'd go for it . In the spirit of season, let us recall what it's all about. Oh dear......

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I see you are still spewing the same mean spirited misogyny disguised as humor

you should keep you twisted private life to yourself

so GA to guest

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11/24/2010 5:41 PM

Garth, you still are the Class Clown, and still not funny or correct.

Your slant on things is as usual lefty Acey Deucy...typical mindset for a Left-Coaster Pinko...and that my friend is being mean spirited 'cause I meant it.

What I said about my X et all was humor. I tell you what: if you had been in my shoes during my divorce (all 5 years of it) and on the receiving end of her crappola than you would be posting humor about your X too. The problem with you is you cannot discern the difference between humor and being mean-spirited. But I even doubt you have ever been married, because like who'd want to marry such a classless Generation X-er Dude guy, eh?

If my present wife was in this Forum she'd bash the living hell out of your sick pathetic rants 'cause you're dead wrong buster. And she DOES know all about you and your track record having seen your past performances in CR4. Hey, maybe just for chits and giggles I'll invite her into this Forum tomorrow morning after she returns home from a 12 hour Nursing shift and before she makes Turkey Day goodies......bet ya $100,000 that she'd not agree at all with your errant discourse. Ya, she'd be in real rare form to see what you're posting now....NOT!!!!!

End of posting and further responses to your diatribe, because as usual you like to bait and cause lots of trouble....a never ending MO with you.

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11/24/2010 6:32 PM

As usual you immediately start hurling insults

but what would I expect ?

I asked that you keep your private life to yourself,

but instead you provide more unwanted details of your life

We don't care!

I do care that you are compelled to be abusive

You think it's cute & funny to degrade & humiliate

If pointing out what is clear to a majority of the members is baiting, I'm guilty.

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You are one sick dude!

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11/25/2010 6:16 AM

Has it occured to you this is like blaming others for the quality of your slit trench, then wondering why grenades get lobbed in?

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11/27/2010 10:25 AM

Quality of your slit trench, that is funny!!!

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11/27/2010 10:31 AM

Man, Cappy. You sure do get your knickers in a twist over nothing.

I think Garthh is funny and spot-on.

Also, what's wrong with being a pinko?

I think you just need to chillaxe, before someone, anyone , comes to the conclusion, from reading your posts, that you sir, are a douchehammer.

Just a little friendly advice.

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11/27/2010 2:59 PM

Not unreasonably said*. I'd quite like to hear more T-rexinalia - names, dates, that sort of thing.

Let's all put our handbags aside and see what Trexinalia© we can come up with. My own wish is to know why they had such little arms. Not very good for picking up the bits of flesh too small for the mouth, and they wouldn't even be good for a spot of onanistic relief. That big hole in the gulf (the earlier one) may have done for them, but it just doesn't seem credible that they could knock boots. Could something that big lovingly nudge it's eggs around? We just don't know.

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11/27/2010 3:52 PM

Mebbe their anatomy/shape similar to buzzard/vulture, allowed head into rotted carcase while big feet held firm.

Ability to administer onanistic relief doomed previous saurus with opposable digits, never left burrow or lair and starved to death.

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They lived in burrows ? For God's sake man, explain this, there could be unknown descendent's of these critters alive today ! Several years back I saw a Wallaby in the small English County of Derbyshire. If what you say is true then these things could be hiding anywhere . It's not just the Scotlanders you know, I've seen people with opposable digits as far south as Essex.

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Um - that could why they always have to dig them up

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11/28/2010 12:21 AM

What, cave girls ? Tell me where, and I'll get me shovel. I'm not so fussy as opposable digits matter, though a sloping forehead is handy.

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Found one!

Oh sorry - not a chic, a girl ...

Found One!

Do you prefer yours 'habillé' or 'comme ils viennent'

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,,,at first I though 'yes, ok', but after scrolling it was just a 'maybe'

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RAOFPMSL ! Hadn't seen that last bit

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"last bit" or last bit?

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..the one at the end....

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The old end? or the new end?

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You tell me

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Dear Kris,

So many questions.

Here's alink to help you contend with the modern world.

Warning: May contain Bacon.

Yours in fellow traveling,

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ps. Would it be possible to have a tosh of sherry before dinner?

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..your cup will runneth over....

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sorry, didn't mean to mumble, tried to say , skosh.

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eeeeeek ! saw it....on the table...eating nuts if ya please !....

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11/28/2010 10:35 AM

mmmm Bacon

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11/28/2010 1:26 PM

A person could sink without trace in there.

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11/28/2010 1:31 PM

"I've spent enough on you to build a battleship," whereupon she tartly replied, "And you've spent enough in me to float one"

Jes sayin'

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11/27/2010 4:12 PM

Small arms and evil

Omnivore adapted;

"Drop Bear" capable

A.K.A. "Nessie";

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11/28/2010 8:28 AM

LMAO

Possible parallel evolution?

It is interesting how marsupials filled all the niches in Oz.

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11/24/2010 5:13 AM

How many full or partial T-Rex have been found ? Couldn't find a reliable answere to this, but I've got more chance of bumping into Kevin Bacon .

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11/24/2010 5:43 AM

Doncha mean Marc Bolan?

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11/24/2010 7:56 AM

Last I heard, he was rather wrapped up with an old oak tree, though not quite as merrily as Dawn .

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11/24/2010 7:20 AM

Here's a list of some of the famous ones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specimens_of_Tyrannosaurus

This one seems to be the most inclusive: http://www.bhigr.com/pages/info/rex_chart.htm

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11/24/2010 7:54 AM

Thanks, Savvy. Not exactly a long list for something with such big clunky bones .

An extinction level event probably did for the dinosaurs, but maybe they had also literally got too big for their boots. Bit hard to knock boots copulate etc when you're that big. There are other species of which fewer 'remains' exist. Probably just fluke of circumstance at the time of death that so much evidence has remained at all.

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11/27/2010 6:55 PM

I think we're missing the obvious

Trex was the precursor to the dreaded & most dangerous of all the avian decendants, the Penguin [have you seen the tiny wings?]

considering his recent change of Heart

Roger maynot be able to shed some light on this most distressing situation

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11/28/2010 12:28 AM

The fact that there are no polar bears left down south is proof enough of how dangerous these things are. They're already at the equator - it's only a matter of time.

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11/29/2010 3:43 AM

The bears never had a chance Kris

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11/29/2010 6:47 AM

There is something so wrong in the arrangement of them bones .

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oops yurself

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OK, I surrender

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If you insist

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See above

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11/29/2010 8:02 AM

ouchhhh..you bad Sue.....used to have that in blue plastic until I got robbed one day. Not even sure now if it was a 6 or 8 incher

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11/29/2010 8:08 AM

They were great. Saw them often in NYC; I think they still tour occasionally. I'm sure this has great bearing on the science of vertebrate paleontology.

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11/30/2010 6:40 AM

It's mighty tempting to see how I could connect AWB to T-Rex.....the neurons are already jumping....

Trex is/was a brand of lard....the Scots are much berated for eating fatty food....AWB has founding members of a haggis-eating persuasion...

OK, I'll shaddup and make sure OT is checked

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Heehee - recycled, but well worth a 'cupcake'

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i...c...an....tt ty..pe.........laug..ng so bad........................One of you owes me a new monitor or some desk wipes !

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That video has not helped one bit !

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11/28/2010 12:40 AM

Giant Penguin (Icadyptes salasi)

A complete skeleton of a giant penguin was recently found in the tropics of Peru that is said to be 36 million years old. The skull is here compared to the skull of the only penguin living in Peru today along with an artists rendition of this 5 foot tall creature. There are no fewer than 17 species of penguins living today and scientists recognize approximately 32 species that have become extinct. Evolutionists claim that penguins probably evolved from flying birds 40 million years ago but the evidence supports the fact that penguins have always been penguins, although many species within the penguin "kind" have become extinct.

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"A complete skeleton of a giant penguin was recently found in the tropics of Peru that is said to be 36 million years old."

This kills me! I don't have any doubt that the skeleton was found and exists but the time frame is hilarious.

Evolutionists throw around the terms of millions and hundreds of millions of years like they have a way to determine anything that old. Carbon dating isn't accurate and the rest is conjecture trying to make something possible that isn't and never will be shown to be accurate, historical or legitimate.

When Mt. St. Helens blew up there were rocks, organic matter, fossils that carbon dating showed to be thousands of years old when in fact because of the combination of heat, pressure and organic matter being ground together, were only a couple of years old.

Quit trying to prove something that isn't true or even has a chance of being proven. There's way too much evidence pointing another direction.

Gen 1:1, "In the beginning God created...." It's a great place to start, and has many of the answers to the questions people are asking about this planet we live on and the universe we are a part of.

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R. U. Retarded?

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"Quit trying to prove something that isn't true or even has a chance of being proven. There's way too much evidence pointing another direction"

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Just as well 'e weren't smart enough to find the other link

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11/29/2010 9:16 PM

You know anonymous coward, you own me a new keyboard as I've splarfed all over this one

you write:

Quit trying to prove something that isn't true or even has a chance of being proven. There's way too much evidence pointing another direction.

& you proceed to quote as a source what may be the most inconsistent reference book ever.

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If you look at the intro-page, it doesn't say "CR4, the place for theological discussion".

Genesis might be an interesting discussion, but not here (unless you have an exceedingly thick skin and can craft your points in a way that somehow relattes to Science and Engineering). Happy Christmas .

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somehow relattes to

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If you look at it long enough, there's some sort of bat or upside-down gremlin in the steam.

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12/01/2010 12:22 AM

This is a pretty good post, but it could be better. Most of it had me laughing, but not rolling on the floor. Try experimenting with timing and rhythm. Even falling back on the classic power of three could help: Three guys walked into a bar...

But I'm picking nits - it's a good effort at humor. For a second there, you really had me thinking you were serious.

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HAY, I resemble that remark

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