Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cal Scientist: Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong

By Ellen Cushing
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Big news today: apparently, the T Rex — long thought to be something of a Rambo of the prehistoric world, hunting down prey with reckless abandon and zero mercy — was a bit more mild-mannered, according to a big new census of fossils in Montana.

Actually pretty friendly, as it turns out
  • Actually pretty friendly, as it turns out
The analogy that the study's authors, John Horner from the Museum of the Rockies and Mark B. Goodwin from Cal, are using is that the mighty T Rex was actually less of a lion and more of a hyena, scavenging all kinds of prey, dead and alive, rather than chasing down big grazers like the consummate badass we all though it was. Game-changer!

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