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    T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

    Some interesting research that took place in my neck of the woods
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0904125337.htm

    In the past, scientists believed two large holes in the roof of a T. rex's skull -- called the dorsotemporal fenestra -- were filled with muscles that assist with jaw movements.

    But that assertion puzzled Casey Holliday, a professor of anatomy in the MU School of Medicine and lead researcher on the study.

    "It's really weird for a muscle to come up from the jaw, make a 90-degree turn, and go along the roof of the skull," Holliday said. "Yet, we now have a lot of compelling evidence for blood vessels in this area, based on our work with alligators and other reptiles."

    Using thermal imaging -- devices that translate heat into visible light -- researchers examined alligators at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. They believe their evidence offers a new theory and insight into the anatomy of a T. rex's head.

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    I’ve always been very fond of that park!

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    I wonder whether T. Rex was too hot to trot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromderinside View Post
    I wonder whether T. Rex was too hot to trot.
    It takes 4 legs to trot.... more like too hot to skip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast View Post
    I’ve always been very fond of that park!
    A lot of people think that it is the stereotypical roadside zoo, but they actually take very good care of their animals (they have the world's oldest spider monkeys) and they do important research and conservation work

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