The Untold Truth Of Tyrannosaurus Rex

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 The Untold Truth Of Tyrannosaurus Rex

In paleontological circles, there is a long-standing debate about whether Tyrannosaurus rex was a mighty hunter or a lonely scavenger. National Geographic outlines the argument. On one hand, T. rex was just so large and powerful — and fossil evidence shows so many injuries to the skeletons of these beasts — that they must have actively hunted for a living. 

However, those on the other side of the argument counter that because T. rex was so huge and frightening an adult, an individual could force any other predator off of its kill. To some, T. rex, though impressive, was not exactly an ideal predator, with its apparent lumbering gait and tiny, seemingly useless arms. That, coupled with large olfactory lobes, made it evident that the animal may have been designed for finding prey that had already been killed. 

In the end, the truth of the matter seems to be that T. rex was a bit of both. Fossils of hadrosaurs, a major prey item on the T. rex menu, showed fused tail vertebrae. After analysis, they appeared to hint at wounds that healed after attacks from a T. rex. It is more than likely that T. rex hunted when it wanted and scavenged when it wanted. It was, after all, at the top of the Cretaceous food chain.

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