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T. Rex could run faster than professional footballer, British researchers suggest

T. Rex could run faster than professional footballer, British researchers suggest

Tyrannosaurus Rex was not just a fearsome carnivore but would have been able to outrun a finely-tuned human athlete, according to research published by British scientists yesterday.
Researchers at the University of Manchester in northwest England calculated that T.Rex could reach speeds of up to 28.4 kilometers per hour, which is marginally quicker than a professional footballer.
Scientists have long questioned how fast the six-ton beast could run. Some argued that it could only lumber around or walk because of its oversized leg muscles.
But biomechanics specialist Bill Sellers and paleontologist Phil Manning believe they have come up with the definitive answer after using a supercomputer to determine the running speeds of five meat-eating dinosaurs.
The calculations were based on the skeletal and muscular structure of the two-legged predators, optimum gait and posture.
A 70-kilogram human with the muscle and bone structure of a professional sportsman was estimated to have a top running speed of 17.7 mph, just under the 17.9 mph for a T.Rex.
A 20-kg Velociraptor was found to have a top speed of 24 mph; a 430-kg Dilophosaurus 23.5 mph; and a 1.4-ton Allosaurus 21 mph.
But a three-kilogram Compsognathus, which lived about 150 million years ago, was found to be five mph faster than the estimate for the fastest living animal on two legs - a 65-kg ostrich.
The study was published by Britain's leading scientific academy The Royal Society.


Updated : 2021-10-28 07:51 GMT+08:00