The movie industry inoculated the audience with the idea that Tyrannosaurus rex or T-Rex was the perfect killer. The image was that of a large, merciless, and fast dinosaur that can smash anything with its massive jaws. On top of that, the scientific knowledge 15 years ago would have confirmed this depiction as true. Its solid hind limbs appeared to be born to run marathons. However, today’s persons of science downplayed the killing machine to a sluggish creature.
The Killing Machine Turns out to Be No Speedster at All
A team of scientists stopped looking at the rear legs, which are long even for a mighty beast as T-Rex is, and started analyzing other aspects regarding speed. After creating a bigger picture where all parts of the skeleton and muscle system were weighed for their potential, researchers came upon a different version of a T-Rex. This time, the fierce predator was found to be less fast with its feet.
On Monday, journal PeerJ released a new report in which professionals used every bit known about Tyrannosaurus rex to determine its capacity for running. While in the past, the killing machine was a speedster at 40 mph, these recent findings limited its powers to only 12 mph. That means that the behemoth didn’t have anything to do with being a runner.
The Hind Legs Might Be Large, But Its Heavy Bones Was Weighing It Down
The key aspect that previous studies missed was the weight of the skeleton. However, researchers at the University of Manchester logged all these details about T-rex into a digital simulator. The result was a model of the giant beast that received the order to run at its fastest speed. The model moved slowly, and it gave the impression that its legs would collapse any moment under its own heavy weight.
However, this computer simulation isn’t without leaks. The lack of a living specimen made scientists to employ assumptions at some points instead of facts. For instance, they assumed that T-Rex’s muscles obtained maximum of power to make up for the heavy bones. The same team intends to find out how other animals of the past developed their locomotion when their size is similar to that of a house.
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