T. Rex running the long game

Published May 13, 2020

They may have clocked the T. Rex at 32 mph, but new research from geol­o­gists (!) at the University of Maryland seems to show that those long legs may not have been about catch­ing prey as much as they were about run­ning far enough to find it.

“The assump­tion tends to be that ani­mals with adap­ta­tions for run­ning, such as long legs, are adapt­ed for a high­er max­i­mum speed, but […] those adap­ta­tions may also be for endurance and effi­cien­cy. It may be about being a marathon­er rather than a sprinter.”

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