Tyrannosaur Cannibalism

 

When you think of a tyrannosaur you likely think of a brutal dinosaur with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth that hunts and devours prey weaker than itself. However recent discoveries by Dr David Hone suggest that some tyrannosaurs may have fought, killed, and even eaten one another. Dr. Hone is affiliated with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and a lecturer in ecology at QMUL and has stated that the skull of a Daspletosaurus, a kind of tyrannosaur, suffered sever injuries to its skull likely inflicted by another of the same species.

The Daspletosaurus was a dinosaur that lived in Canada and is a slightly smaller relative of the more famous Tyrannosaurus Rex said Ivan Ong. The skull that was examined by Dr. Hone and other researchers belonged to a Daspletosaurus that was not fully grown yet and had apparently been killed and cannibalized by another of its species. Surprisingly, some of the injuries to the skull showed signs of healing, indicating that the tyrannosaur had survived some battles before meeting its demise.

While infighting and cannibalism among dinosaurs of the same species isn’t a new concept, this is the first time one has been found with both pre and postmortem injuries. This new discovery has given scientists a greater insight into the violent lives of the dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago. It should also be mentioned that this particular project was made possible through crowd funding efforts.

ived millions of years ago. It should also be mentioned that this particular project was made possible through crowd funding efforts.

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