APR 16, 2019 9:22 AM PDT

Understanding T. Rex is Harder Than it Seems

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Perhaps the most easily discernable dinosaur of all time is the Tyrannosaurus Rex, made infamous by Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park. But despite what you might’ve seen on the silver screen, modern science is proving that T. Rex probably looked a lot different than initially thought.

Many of the world’s unearthed dinosaur fossils tell the story of a bird-like appearance in dinosaurs, and these feathery qualities didn’t exclude T. Rex. In fact, dinosaurs may not have just looked bird birds, but probably sounded like them too.

T. Rex, just like the myriad of other dinosaurs in history books, is incredibly misunderstood, and this can be attributed to the fact that we as humans have never directly observed one in the wild. These animals have been dead for millions of years, which makes understanding their story that much more challenging.

Paleontologists study the animals’ remains to understand their physical structure better and deduce lifestyle characteristics based on those qualities, and a more recent fossil discovery is now bringing T. Rex’s descendants into the light. By filling this critical gap in the fossil record, we can develop a better idea of how the dinosaurs evolved and learn more about their lifestyle, among other things.

As paleontology-centric technology advances, we expect that dinosaur discoveries will only become more specific, enabling scientists to produce accurate renderings of what these dinosaurs actually looked like back in the day.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 06, 2020
Plants & Animals
Swine Fever Threatens Critically Endangered Indian Hogs
AUG 06, 2020
Swine Fever Threatens Critically Endangered Indian Hogs
The Associated Press reports that the world's smallest and rarest wild pig species is undergoing its own virus lockd ...
SEP 15, 2020
Immunology
Common Spice Relieves Eye Inflammation in Dogs, Human Studies to Follow
SEP 15, 2020
Common Spice Relieves Eye Inflammation in Dogs, Human Studies to Follow
A therapeutic made from turmeric has been shown to help reduce the effects of a painful inflammatory eye condition in do ...
OCT 03, 2020
Neuroscience
Crows Have Conscious Thought, Just Like Primates
OCT 03, 2020
Crows Have Conscious Thought, Just Like Primates
Researchers from the University of Tubingen in Germany have found that crows are capable of conscious thought. They say ...
OCT 05, 2020
Plants & Animals
Bacteria Caused the Deaths of Hundreds of Elephants
OCT 05, 2020
Bacteria Caused the Deaths of Hundreds of Elephants
African elephants are a threatened species that are increasing in some areas but at risk in many others. There are proba ...
OCT 22, 2020
Earth & The Environment
Legacy chemicals found in migratory birds
OCT 22, 2020
Legacy chemicals found in migratory birds
A study published in the journal Environment International has found long-forgotten chemicals, called legacy chemicals, ...
NOV 07, 2020
Earth & The Environment
Is Monarch wing size influenced by the environment?
NOV 07, 2020
Is Monarch wing size influenced by the environment?
Monarchs are shifting their migration patterns to live year-round in locations where the plants they need are always ava ...
Loading Comments...