T Rex no speed demon
ONE of the most terrifying scenes in Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park showed a T Rex sprinting just behind a speeding Jeep.
But scientists have found that the dinosaur would not have been able to outrun a human – let alone keep up with a 4x4.
Tyrannosaurus rex was too big to sprint that fast, they say. The scientists have worked out its maximum speed for the first time and found that it was only 26km/ h. The researchers, from Leipzig University in Germany, studied almost 500 species and found they only have so much time to reach maximum speed because acceleration comes from working in short bursts anaerobically – without oxygen.