26 Jan '11, 2am

Palaeontologists say the mighty T. rex is still king, fighting back against revisionists who called it a 'scavenger'

Palaeontologists say the mighty T. rex is still king, fighting back against revisionists who called it a 'scavenger'

Palaeontologists fought back on Jan 26, in a spirited debate over the Tyrannosaurus rex, saying revisionists who branded the great dinosaur a shameless scavenger have got it all wrong. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - PALAEONTOLOGISTS fought back on Wednesday in a spirited debate over the Tyrannosaurus rex, saying revisionists who branded the great dinosaur a shameless scavenger have got it all wrong. For more than a century after its discovery, many scientists routinely described the Tyrannosaurus as the king of the killing machines - six tonnes of teeth, muscle and sinew, designed to run down dinos several times its size and shred them. But over the last decade, a new wave of T. rex scholarship has painted another, less flattering, picture. T. rex, according to this theory, was just a 12m freeloading lizard that was too clumsy and slow to do its own hunting. It simply barged in on ...

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