9780253350879

Tyrannosaurus rex, the Tyrant King

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253350879

  • ISBN10:

    0253350875

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/1/2008
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

With its massive head, enormous jaws, and formidable teeth,Tyrannosaurus rexhas long been the young person's favorite creepy carnivore in the Mesozoic zoo. Nor hasT. rexbeen ignored by the scientific community, as this new collection amply demonstrates. Scientists explore such questions as whyT. rexhad such small forelimbs; how the dinosaur moved; what bone pathologies tell us about life in the Cretaceous; and whetherT. rexwas a predator, a scavenger, or both. There are reports on newly discovered skeletons, on variation and sexual dimorphism, and how the big beasts chewed. The methods used by the contributors to unlock the mysteries ofT. rexrange from "old fashioned" stratigraphy to contemporary computer modelling. Together they yield a wealth of new information about one of the dinosaur world's most famous carnivores. An enclosed CD-ROM presents additional photographic and filmed reconstructions of the mighty beast.

Author Biography

Peter Larson is founder and president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, South Dakota, whose staff was responsible for excavating the T. rex known as "Stan." He lives in Hill City, South Dakota.

Kenneth Carpenter is the dinosaur paleontologist for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is author of Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs (IUP, 2000) and editor of The Carnivorous Dinosaurs (IUP, 2005) and The Armored Dinosaurs (IUP, 2001). He lives in Aurora, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Supplemental CD-ROM Contentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Institutional Abbreviationsp. xv
One Hundred Years of Tyrannosaurus rex: The Skeletonsp. 1
Wyoming's Dynamosaurus imperiosus and Other Early Discoveries of Tyrannosaurus rex in the Rocky Mountain Westp. 57
How Old Is T. rex? Challenges with the Dating of Terrestrial Strata Deposited during the Maastrichtian Stage of the Cretaceous Periodp. 63
Preliminary Account of the Tyrannosaurid Pete from the Lance Formation of Wyomingp. 67
Taphonomy of the Tyrannosaurus rex Peck's Rex from the Hell Creek Formation of Montanap. 75
Taphonomy and Environment of Deposition of a Juvenile Tyrannosaurid Skeleton from the Hell Creek Formation (Latest Maastrichtian) of Southeastern Montanap. 83
One Pretty Amazing T. rexp. 93
Variation and Sexual Dimorphism in Tyrannosaurus rexp. 103
Why Tyrannosaurus rex Had Puny Arms: An Integral Morphodynamic Solution to a Simple Puzzle in Theropod Paleobiologyp. 131
Looking Again at the Forelimb of Tyrannosaurus rexp. 167
Rex, Sit: Digital Modeling of Tyrannosaurus rex at Restp. 193
T. rex Speed Trapp. 205
Atlas of the Skull Bones of Tyrannosaurus rexp. 233
Palatal Kinesis of Tyrannosaurus rexp. 245
Reconstruction of the Jaw Musculature of Tyrannosaurus rexp. 255
Vestigialism in a Dinosaurp. 283
Tyrannosaurid Pathologies as Clues to Nature and Nurture in the Cretaceousp. 287
The Extreme Lifestyles and Habits of the Gigantic Tyrannosaurid Superpredators of the Late Cretaceous of North America and Asiap. 307
An Analysis of Predator-Prey Behavior in a Head-to-Head Encounter between Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratopsp. 355
A Critical Reappraisal of the Obligate Scavenging Hypothesis for Tyrannosaurus rex and Other Tyrant Dinosaursp. 371
Tyrannosaurus rex: A Century of Celebrityp. 399
Indexp. 429
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