The T-rex is probably one of the most terrifying dinosaurs to come out of the Cretaceous Period; the beast was a ferocious carnivore who took no prisoners and has been recreated as such in pop culture.
We all remember the scene in Jurassic Park, where the newly free T-Rex bites through an SUV like it’s a handful of popcorn.
That pulverising bite power shown on screen is actually very accurate, the Tyrannosaurus may have had tiny arms but it more than made up for it with a bite that had nearly 8000 pounds of force. That’s two times greater than the chomp of the largest living crocodile. Who today, have the most powerful bite on Earth.
These findings were detailed in a study by Florida State University Professor of Biological Science Gregory Erickson and Paul Gignac, assistant professor of Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
They found that the T.Rex could cause stunning damage to bones by exerting enough force to make them explode.
“It was this bone-crunching acumen that helped T. rex to more fully exploit the carcasses of large horned-dinosaurs and duck-billed hadrosaurids whose bones, rich in mineral salts and marrow, were unavailable to smaller, less equipped carnivorous dinosaurs,” Gignac said in a statement.
This ability set the T-rex apart from others and made it the “King of the Tyrant Lizards.”
How did they find this out, since the T-rex has been dead for millions of years? Well, archaeologists know that the T-Rex could chew bone based on bite marks found on fossils of lesser beasts. They built these facts on top of bite data from today’s crocodiles (who are close relatives of dinosaurs). Interestingly, the researchers also considered the bite of mammals like wolves who are infamous for their bone-crushing abilities.
The information concluded that T-Rex’s were unique in that they had both the reptilian force of a croc and the bone pulverising ability of wolves, making them the possible evolutionary source of carnivores on earth today.
Frankly, the study only proves what we already knew, that the Tyrannosaurus was petrifying and we’ve never been more grateful for that giant meteor.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.