Computer models of an adult Tyrannosaurus rex, a juvenile, and a human (Image: The Royal Veterinary College)
A variety of the models used to estimate the body mass of Tyrannosaurus rex, starting with a 3D scan of an actual skeleton (Image: The Royal Veterinary College)
New computer modeling technology suggests that Tyrannosaurus rex was even larger than previously assumed (Photo: Ltshears)
Tyrannosaurus rex, that coolest of all the dinosaurs, may have been even bigger and scarier than originally thought. That’s the conclusion that was recently reached by a team of scientists, who used computer modeling technology to estimate the average body mass of the carnivorous dinosaurs. After digitally “fleshing out” existing T. rex skeletons, the researchers now believe that the reptiles grew twice as fast, and reached adult weights up to 30 percent higher than previously assumed.
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