T. rex had the baddest of all bites!

by Anonymous on Mar. 01st, 2012

World's most powerful bite: the age-old confrontation between a gentle, grazing Triceratops horridus (cool name, by the way) and the massive jaws of a vicious, chomping-machine known as Tyrannosaurus rex is played out in a Science Museum of Minnesota postcard.
World's most powerful bite: the age-old confrontation between a gentle, grazing Triceratops horridus (cool name, by the way) and the massive jaws of a vicious, chomping-machine known as Tyrannosaurus rex is played out in a Science Museum of Minnesota postcard.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota
Everybody’s favorite and most fearsome dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, is back in the news, this time to claim yet another trophy. Scientists in Great Britain have determined that old T. rex had a bone crushing bite-force second to no other terrestrial animal living or extinct. For a long time T. rex’s bite was thought to be comparable to that of a modern alligator. But using computer modeling, studying bite mechanics, and the carnivore’s growth rate and feeding patterns, Dr Karl Bates of the University of Liverpool, and colleague Peter Falkingham of University of Manchester claim an adult T. rex would have generated “sustained bite forces of 35,000-57,000 Newtons at a single posterior tooth.” To get an idea what that would be like, imagine a mid-sized elephant using your head as a small chair. No wonder the Triceratops horridus in the postcard image at right is trembling. Let’s face it, T. rex is like a great white shark on legs – a massive and very powerful set of jaws attached to a digestive system.

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Aaron.M says:

Wow, I guess we could all be thankful that there are no T-rexs to be found in this day and age. This is some rather great information on its bite that students could use for some sort of a project, or just a nice piece of trivia.

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    T-rex having a bite that was stronger than anything ever in the history of en ligne casino is a piece of trivia that most people don't know.

posted on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 4:53am

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