- Tyrannosaurus are the most iconic of all dinosaurs, but what they were as if children have been the subject of debate and mystery.
- New research on rare tyrannosaur embryos first gives researchers a good idea of what large-scale meat eaters looked like fresh out of their eggs.
- When the dinosaurs were hatched, they were almost as large as a medium-sized dog.
If you jump into a time machine and travel backwards for millions of years, you may find yourself standing face to face with an adult tyrant. Well, it would probably be more like face-to-face because dinosaurs can reach larger sizes, but I dig. The important thing here is that you will get scared and either eat or run away.
However, if you happened to be a teenage tortured person, you might be more inclined to pet it on the head than to run for your life, as new research suggests that child torture is largely But were as large as a medium-sized dog. This discovery is thanks to the discovery of fossil tyrannosaur embryos that give scientists a glimpse of how large the organisms were when they first crawled from their shells.
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The study was published, as CNN reported Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Is largely based on the jaw bone from a tyrannosaur embryo. Because so many tyrannosaur fossils have been discovered over the years, it often takes researchers just one bone to be able to determine the overall shape of the animal. In this case, the baby dinosaur was about three feet tall.
It is a smaller version of a creature that can reach over 30 feet in length as an adult, but three feet is still very large when it comes to baby animals. These dinosaurs came from eggs, and researchers estimate that the eggs the dinosaurs used for this study were about 17 inches long. This is a large omelette.
Of course, a baby hunter is still a hunter, so even when a small tyrannosaur was possibly adorable, there might be some damage potential. The creatures were born with all the tools they needed to secure their food, a mouth full of teeth that would produce a painful or even deadly bite to the small prey. However, it is worth considering as a debate whether the perpetrators were mainly hunters or scavengers.
Figuring out the size of baby tyrannosaurs is really the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding what the creatures were like as a teenager. Scientists have learned much about the upbringing habits (and sometimes lack thereof) of many different dinosaurs, but there is a special interest in how the atrocities may have raised their young. In the coming years, perhaps some more answers to those questions will be found.