The Tyrannosaurus rex may have been the most fearsome creature ever to walk the Earth, but he was also a sensitive lover, a new dinosaur discovery suggests.
The terrifying meat eater, which stood 20 feet tall and had jaws bristling with serrated teeth up to nine inches long, had a snout as sensitive to touch as human fingertips, say scientists.
The T rex and other “tyrannosaurs” would have used their tactile noses to investigate their surroundings, build nests, and carefully pick up fragile eggs and baby offspring.
But another possibility is that males and females enjoyed rubbing their sensitive faces together while mating, experts believe.
The US researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports: “In courtship, tyrannosaurids might have rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of precopulatory play.”
The findings follow the discovery of a new member of the tyrannosaur family called Daspletosaurus horneri (Horner’s frightful lizard) in Montana, US.
The D horneri lived before the T rex, …
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