You don’t have to be a 5-year-old boy to love dinosaurs. In fact, they get more interesting with age. As a kid, the fascination is basic but enthralling. Once into adulthood, you start to understand just how complex and incredible these creatures really were.
It’s a childhood dream come true to study these amazing ancient animals, and everyday researchers and paleontologists discover new insights into their lives and daily habits.
A new study published in the journal of Scientific Reports and conducted by a Florida State University and Oklahoma State University research team has discovered that a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s bite was about that of three small cars, or 8,000 pounds of force.
This new research has shown scientists just how the T. rex was capable of crushing through the bones of other animals. They discovered that each tooth was capable of 431,000 pounds of pressure per square inch! The researchers say it’s commonly seen in carnivorous mammals, but not in reptiles as their teeth aren’t typically conducive to bone chewing.
So, how does a T. rex bite compare to us, lowly humans? We come in at around 120 pounds of pressure in an average bite. Pretty laughable in comparison. Of course, we don’t need to crunch bones in order to survive and compete in our world, so it makes sense.
The strongest bite ever actually measured of a living animal, according to National Geographic, is that of the saltwater crocodile. With 3,700 pounds per square inch, they’re still pretty far behind the new research surrounding the T. rex, but it’s still pretty impressive.
What’s even more impressive is that to get this data, researchers had to wrestle crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida, until they bit down on their padded leather instrument used to measure the force.
We humans may not have record-breaking jaws of steel, but our quality of life certainly depends on our ability to move our jaws to chew and communicate. It’s imperative to keep them in top shape with regular exams and professional cleanings. If you’re due for one, call our office today at 509-368-7788 to schedule an appointment.
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