A T. Rex Eat T. Rex World
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A T. Rex Eat T. Rex World

The king of dinosaurs he was, but he may have also been a dinner fit for kings. T. rex may have been huge but not too huge to make a meal for others. A team of researchers found that giant teeth nmarks found on T.rex bones were left by others of the species.

The king of dinosaurs he was, but he may have also been a dinner fit for kings. T. rex may have been huge but not too huge to make a meal for others.

A Teethy Theory

Researchers of the ancient king, as reported in the October edition of PLoS ONE, report that huge tooth marks on certain T.rex bones show the ancient giants may have cannibalized each other.  Nicholas Longrich or Yale University, one of the reach scientists stated,  "They're the kind of marks thatany big carnivore could have made, but T.rex was the only big carnivore in western North America 65 million years ago."  Apparently the T.rex was part of ancient menus too!

Alive or Dead?

T.Rex identified markings, deep V-shaped gouges (teeth marks) characteristic of the type made by the ancient creature, according to researchers, were found on 17 fossils.   Four of those marked fossils were identified as T.rex remains.  Researchers say it is likely that the marks were left during scavenging from a dead dinosaur, But, they said, it is possible that combat between T.rex species giants led to casualities, wtih the dead become the convenient sources of food for the victorious- spoils (but in this case, fresh meat!) to the victors like in most battles.

Carnivoreous Cannibals

Longrich and his fellow researchers point out  that "cannibalis is common in nature, parfticularly among large carnivores" like large cats, bears, hyenas, Komodo dragons and alligators.  If it walks and moves, it's fair game. 

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