Say it with me: “A terror of tyrannosaurs’.” Guys, they may have hunted in packs. Mind blown. Take a minute, pull yourself together over this news…imagine the Jurassic Park jeep scene if there had been three of them. I feel robbed.
T-Rexes have been everywhere in the past few weeks, well if you sent up a Google Alert like I suggested. First John Oliver references them in respect to the US, “It seems clear, at this point, that we (‘Murica) have too many nuclear weapons to take care of them…Nuclear weapons are basically like American’s T-Rex arms. They’re essentially useless, and you are plenty scary without them.”
Scientists found new evidence in British Columbia suggesting tyrannosaurs traveled in groups—being called terrors—due to new footprint evidence. The footprints indicate the dinosaurs were walking in the same direction at around the same time. This is the first time something like this has been discovered in respect to tyrannosaurs. Of course, this isn’t definitive, and we can’t know definitively, unless you know they want to clone dinosaurs and release them on some tropical island. This also answers my long held question about how they scratched their backs with those tiny arms.
You can read all about the study on PLOS One, and it is pretty interesting. The authors include Richard T. McCrea, Lisa G. Buckley, James O. Farlow, Martin G. Lockley, Philip J. Currie, Neffra A. Matthews, and S. George Pemberton. The study is kind of a big deal because it is the first time tyrannosaurids have been recorded traveling together, which counters the previously held belief that they traveled alone. The evidence shows there tyrannosaurids traveling southeast within an 8.5 meter-wide area. The study outlines how the tracks are made using calculations to determine velocity and age of the prints. The report is really an interesting read, and TERROR OF TYRANNOSAURS. I originally saw the story on The Mary Sue.
Kari O’Donnell goes to class, does research and watches Netflix. She is very funny even for someone who spends far too much time on Twitter.