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Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms[edit]

Brusatte et al. (2010) Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms. Science Vol. 329. no. 5998, pp. 1481 - 1485.doi:10.1126/science.1193304

Tyrannosaurs, the group of dinosaurian carnivores that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and its closest relatives, are icons of prehistory. They are also the most intensively studied extinct dinosaurs, and thanks to large sample sizes and an influx of new discoveries, have become ancient exemplar organisms used to study many themes in vertebrate paleontology. A phylogeny that includes recently described species shows that tyrannosaurs originated by the Middle Jurassic but remained mostly small and ecologically marginal until the very end of the Cretaceous. Anatomical, biomechanical, and histological studies of T. rex and other derived tyrannosaurs show that large tyrannosaurs could not run rapidly, were capable of crushing bite forces, had accelerated growth rates and keen senses, and underwent pronounced changes during ontogeny. The biology and evolutionary history of tyrarovide a foundation for comparison with other dinosaurs and living organisms.

  • Remember time-stamps, otherwise sections won't get archived. FunkMonk (talk) 16:34, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Feathers[edit]

The part about feathers needs to be revised. New researches indicate that Tyrannosaurus rex and other large Tyrannosaurids were covered in scales. Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/06/06/tyrannosaurus-rex-had-scaly-skin-and-wasnt-covered-in-feathers-a-new-study-says/?utm_term=.ac626c5a5848 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/07/feather-furore-trex-may-not-have-been-fluffy-after-all-skin-study-suggests http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/t-rex-skin-was-not-covered-feathers-study-says-180963603/ http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/world-s-only-fossils-t-rex-skin-suggest-it-was-covered-scales-not-feathers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mr. Hunter 6amm4 (talkcontribs) 03:06, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Both views are already reflected in the article. There is no consensus, and there probably won't be one, unless a mummified specimen is found... All we can do here is say what arguments have been published so far. FunkMonk (talk) 16:33, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

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