One of the best scenes in the diorama portion of a trip around Disneyland aboard the Disneyland Railroad is the scene where the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) is fighting a Triceratops. How different would that be if the T-Rex was fighting another T-Rex? According to scientists at Yale University, this was a very plausible scenario. Gashes in the bones of some T-Rex fossils could only have been made by another T-Rex scientists say. The location and age of the gashed bones also seem to corroborate this theory.
Nicholas Longrich of Yale University said, “They’re the kind of marks that any big carnivore could have made, but T. rex was the only big carnivore in western North America 65 million years ago.” Initially Longrich realized that the marks in the bones were from a T-Rex. It was only after this discovery that he realized that the bones themselves were from that of a T-Rex.
“It’s surprising how frequent it appears to have been,” Longrich said. “It could mean that they were really thorough at cleaning up after animals died in the environment. Or it could mean that they were killing and eating each other fairly often.”
Longrich did acknowledge however that it is unknown the cause of death for the various T-Rex fossils. What is known now is that once a T-Rex is dead, another T-Rex could eat the remains. Judging from modern carnivores, a fight to the death between two T-Rex could have led to dinner for one of them.
“Until now we had only one documented example of cannibalism in dinosaurs, so you’d tend to assume it’s pretty rare,” Longrich told LiveScience. “All of a sudden, we have four examples of cannibalism in T. rex. So that’s definitely a surprise.”
I’m not sure that this would ever have any effect on the diorama at Disneyland however the thought of it does intrigue me a little bit. I mean really… how cool would it be to see a T-Rex fighting another T-Rex. I personally don’t like the thought of what happens afterwards. It is interesting from a scientific standpoint but beyond that, I don’t really need to see the graphic details. I just like the idea of T-Rex and T-Rex fighting in that last scene. It just brings out that little boy in me that loved dinosaurs and makes me get a burst of adrenaline and think of saying “awwwweeeesssommmmeee!” What do you think? Want to see T-Rex fight T-Rex? I’m guessing most people would say no unless they are as nerdy and crazy as me….but I still like the idea anyway!
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