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Tyrannosaurus Rex was Aquatic

Did you know? T-REX’S SWAM!!!

When they weren’t chasing down prey or scavenging for food, new evidence suggests that Tyrannosaurus Rex went for lengthy dips. Researchers believe the tiny- armed carnivores were surprisingly adept swimmers! Normally when you were a kid pretending you were being chased by a T-Rex one place of safety would be a lake or some sort of body of water…WRONG! You’d think because of their bulky legs and heavy tails (not to mention puny arms) that they would be terrible swimmers… WRONG AGAIN! According to new evidence discovered in China’s Szechuan Province by University of Alberta; a researcher by the name of Scott Persons and his team discovered tracks in what was once an ancient riverbed.  The research team found both ripple marks and mud cracks in the riverbed indicating the waterway flowed during some seasons and dried up during others, but they noticed distinct claw marks that stretched 50 feet apart from each other showing the T- Rex traveled by water from time to time! They used their claws to scrape the river floor to help propel them forward and used their tails for direction; pretty much just like how an alligator swims around. A T- Rex had a lot of air sacs in their skeleton to help them breathe and lighten their bodies. Scott Persons believes the T- Rex whose tracks they found went into the riverbed to chase after prey and the little guy probably assumed he/ she couldn’t swim. So the next time you play games like “Attack of the T-Rex” or “Jurassic Park” and a friend says “I’m in the water you can’t catch me!” Just tell them “Waterworks Carlsbad did their research and found out I can!”

 

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