Tyrannosaur skeleton shows signs of combat, cannibalism

April 16, 2015 2:49 PM

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Tyrannosaur skeleton shows signs of combat, cannibalism

The fierce, unforgiving time period that was the dinosaur age just got a lot more ferocious. According to new research, a skull of a Daspletosaurus (a genus of tyrannosaur which means “frightful lizard”) displays gruesome injuries inflicted during its lifetime, seemingly caused by another of its species. After it died, it was set upon by a scavenging tyrannosaur in an apparent act of cannibalism.

“We did actually have good evidence that Tyrannosaurus itself was [cannibalistic],” said lead study author David Hone from Queen Mary University of London, “but this is excellent support for the idea and suggests that a few more species were feeding on themselves or near relatives.”

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