The 30 years that Scotty lived were a rough three decades, maybe just as violent as in the movies. Similar to how some of today’s animals compete within species for mates or property, T. rexes used to fight each other too.
Visitors will be able to get a closeup look at, and in some cases touch, some of the injuries that tell the story of Scotty’s life.
“These include things like big, open wounds on the face that have pierced all the way through to sinus cavities in the skull, holes in the jaw that are probably related to other tyrannosaurs biting the face, (and) a big wound in the tail that may have been a long-term deformity within the tail vertebrae that may have affected how it moved,” said McKellar.
Adam Khor wrote: »
It is known for being the first T. rex specimen for which a complete arm was known.
Capt'n Midnight wrote: »
So the others were mostly 'armless ? :pac:
Manic Moran wrote: »
So I was at the Witte museum yesterday with my juvenile paleontologist (it’s gone well beyond a “phase” now), and they had a picture of T Rex with feathers.
I’m sorry. I am fully aware that dinos were more feathered than we had believed for years, but a 5 ton chicken is just... wrong.
Tyrannosauridae is rife with examples of species that have been coined on the basis of undiagnostic immature material, which has often led to overestimates of diversity (...)
To date, A. sarcophagus remains the only unequivocally identified tyrannosaurid species from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation
Victoria was severely bitten on the jaw by another T. rex and the mouth infection that followed encompassed both jaws, likely killing her before she could reach adulthood. This type of infection often leads to sepsis, the researchers said.
David Hone, a senior lecturer and director of the biology program at Queen Mary University of London, is like the investigator of a Cretaceous crime scene.
He's been studying the bite marks to understand what happened, how they lived and who was feeding on who.
The nature of Victoria's injuries are unusual. Although there are many past examples of tyrannosaur fossils showcasing stages of injury and healing, the location of Victoria's are right on the front of the lower jaw.
Hone said he's never seen a major injury in this location before. But it's clear that the attack came from another T. rex. There's only one creature with big teeth that could rip up the face of a T. rex, and that's another one.
The Montana Supreme Court this week ruled that fossils are not legally the same as minerals such as gold or copper. Therefore, Montana fossils, including a dramatic specimen of two dinosaurs buried together, belong to people who own the land where they are found, rather than to the owners of the minerals underneath that land.
The four-to-three decision upholds the way U.S. scientists have long approached questions of fossil ownership. It appears to defuse a potentially explosive 2018 ruling by the federal Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that fossils went to the owners of mineral rights.