T. rex

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Biggest Triceratops Fossil Sells for Far More Than Expected

(Newser) - Update: The biggest triceratops skeleton ever found has sold for more than four times the expected price—and as paleontologists feared, the buyer wasn't a museum. The Drouot auction house says the fossil, known as "Big John," was bought for $7.7 million by a private collector...

Utah Discovery a 'Tipping Point' on T. Rexes
Mass T. Rex Death Site
Births a Terrifying Theory
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Mass T. Rex Death Site Births a Terrifying Theory

The dino predators may have hunted in packs: researchers

(Newser) - Imagine being chased by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Now imagine being chased by six. That might've been the scenario for T. rex prey, according to new research suggesting the dino predator hunted in packs like wolves. The theory stems from a site discovered in 2014 at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National...

It Wouldn't Have Been Easy to Bump Into a T. Rex
Total, All-Time T. Rex
Population Put at 2.5B
new study

Total, All-Time T. Rex Population Put at 2.5B

Their numbers were spread over more than a million years, so it's not like they were on every corner

(Newser) - One Tyrannosaurus rex seems scary enough. Now picture 2.5 billion of them. That’s how many of the fierce dinosaur kings probably roamed Earth over the course of a couple of million years, a new study finds. Using calculations based on body size, sexual maturity, and the creatures' energy...

A Most Unusual Rock Hall Induction
A Most Unusual
Rock Hall Induction

A Most Unusual Rock Hall Induction

The pandemic forces the show to be a taped HBO special, continues to ruin basically everything

(Newser) - In a normal year, the newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class would have hit the stage and performed the songs that got them into the vaunted institution. Not 2020. Because of the pandemic, this year’s all-star group was inducted Saturday night in a taped HBO special...

Court: Fossils Worth Millions Belong to Montana Family

Mary Ann and Lige Murray own surface rights to land where 'dueling dinosaurs' found

(Newser) - Dinosaur fossils worth millions of dollars unearthed on a Montana ranch belong to the owners of the land’s surface rights, not the owners of the mineral rights, a US appeals court ruled. The June 17 ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by...

Maid of Honor on Abnormal Outfit: 'I Regret Nothing'
Maid of Honor Was
Told to Wear Anything.
She Didn't Disappoint
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Maid of Honor Was Told to Wear Anything. She Didn't Disappoint

Christina Meador shows up at sister's wedding in T. rex outfit, with bride's blessing

(Newser) - Most bridesmaids appreciate when they're told they can wear what they want on the big day, though usually that means choosing a favorite dress style or color. Christina Meador went ... a different route. Her get-up of choice at her sister Deanna Adams' Aug. 10 wedding in Nebraska: a T....

Mighty T. Rex Had a Pipsqueak Predecessor
Mighty T. Rex Had
a Pipsqueak Predecessor
new study

Mighty T. Rex Had a Pipsqueak Predecessor

Moros intrepidus stood 3 to 4 feet tall

(Newser) - Tyrannosaurus rex may have been the fiercest dinosaur on the planet just before the creatures went extinct, but even T-rex had humble beginnings. A new fossil found in Utah shows that an earlier iteration of the behemoth stood just 3 feet to 4 feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds....

Maine City Throws Itself a T. Rex Party

T. Rex apparently likes to dance the Chicken

(Newser) - His name means "king of the tyrant lizards," but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party. Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people on Saturday descended on Monument Square in Portland, Maine, to observe a gathering of dinosaur lovers dressed as the science museum staple. There...

Tiny T. Rex Arms We Laugh At May Have Been 'Vicious'

Scientist thinks they may have been used for powerful slashing

(Newser) - It's a physical mismatch that's long puzzled paleontologists: Tyrannosaurus rex, terror of the Cretaceous Period, empowered with a giant head and ferocious jaws, yet also stuck with tiny, seemingly useless arms. Per National Geographic , scientists' speculation on the arms has included using them to hang onto prey, as...

A Bite From T. Rex Brings to Mind a Rocky III Quote
T. Rex Had a Bite So
Powerful It's Hard to Fathom
new study

T. Rex Had a Bite So Powerful It's Hard to Fathom

Chompers came down with equivalent force of 3 small cars

(Newser) - Scientists already knew Tyrannosaurus rex had a ferocious bite, but a new study in Scientific Reports spells out in detail just how fearsome it was. In terms of raw numbers, they measured the bite force at nearly 8,000 pounds, with the tip of the teeth exerting pressure of around...

T. Rex May Have Had Lips to Hide Its Ferocious Teeth

That goes against the popular image of the dinosaur in 'Jurassic Park' and elsewhere

(Newser) - The image of a "ferocious-looking" Tyrannosaurus rex with a "permanent smile" of huge protruding teeth is taking a hit thanks to one Canadian paleontologist, Live Science reports. Robert Reisz says the T. rex, along with other theropods, actually had scaly lips covering its teeth. “When we see...

For T. Rex, Size Originally Didn't Matter

Horse-sized ancestor reveals evolutionary path, and intellect came before size

(Newser) - Though one of the most well-known dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex is actually somewhat of a mystery, having suddenly emerged as a fearsome beast some 80 million years ago. As a 20-million-year gap in the fossil record preceded T. rex, paleontologists have known little about its evolutionary path—until now. The discovery...

T. Rex Had Vicious Teeth, the Better to Shred You With

This feature is only seen in the Komodo dragon today

(Newser) - The Komodo dragon is the only known creature on the planet today to boast teeth that are serrated, like a jagged-edged steak knife. But now researchers have discovered that the mighty T. rex not only sported serrated teeth, but also secret folds hidden toward the bottom of those teeth that...

In 'Crap' Dinosaur Fossils, Scientists Strike Gold

If 75M-year-old soft tissue has survived, could DNA, too?

(Newser) - The fossils may be in such poor shape that scientists are calling them "crap," but the 75-million-year-old fragments are golden in another sense. A theropod claw, triceratops-like toe bone, and duck-billed dinosaur limb and ankle bones first unearthed in Canada 100 years ago appear to retain soft tissue,...

Massive 'King of Gore' Dinosaur Found in Utah

Lythronax argestes was a ferocious beast, the largest of its ecosystem

(Newser) - Tyrannosaurus rex may have ruled the land in its day, but a newly discovered species, its closest known relative, was the top dog some 10 million years earlier. Lythronax argestes—which translates to "the king of gore from the southwest"—lived 80 million years ago in the central...

T. Rex: History's Best Biter

It was like having an elephant sit on you

(Newser) - Yet another reason that Tyrannosaurus Rex was the scariest creature to ever stalk the planet: Scientists have figured out that T. rex boasted the most powerful bite of any animal in history, reports BBC Nature . The clench of the dinosaur's massive jaw was between 30,000 and 60,000...

Did Dino Meat Taste Like Chicken?

Probably not, and here's why

(Newser) - Turns out T. Rexes liked to eat other T. Rexes —so the obvious next question is, what does a T. Rex taste like? Not like chicken, writes Brian Palmer on Slate . But birds are related to dinosaurs, and it’s probably another bird—the hawk—that dinosaur meat is...

Tasty Snack for T. Rex: Another T. Rex

Paleontologist finds evidence of cannibalism

(Newser) - It looks like T. Rex was a cannibal. So says a Yale paleontologist who found telltale bone gouges on a fossil of the giant dinosaur that make it all but certain it had been eaten by a fellow T. Rex. That prompted him to take a closer look at other...

Dinosaurs Arose in S. America
 Dinosaurs 
 Arose in 
 S. America 
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Dinosaurs Arose in S. America

Fossil of T. rex cousin helps fill in the puzzle

(Newser) - The fossil of a feisty little ancestor of T. rex lends credence to the theory that dinosaurs emerged in South America. More precisely, they likely arose about 230 million years ago in Pangaea, which was then the single joined continent of the Americas. The development follow the discovery of a...

Sore Throat May Have Axed T Rex

Trichomonosis still affects modern birds and makes eating almost impossible

(Newser) - Tyrannosaurus rex could have been laid low not by a planetwide dinosaur holocaust or vicious infighting, but by a parasite that still affects modern birds. Researchers have taken a close look at lesions on T. rex fossils once presumed to be battle scars and concluded that they are the work...

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