Woah!! Rexxy your mouth looks uhhhh SMALL!
This week’s Weekly Dino Fact comes by way of a question from our very own Irvine:
Q: Is there any dinosaur that stronger than Rexxy (He’s a T-Rex)?
An excellent question Irvine! This question was somewhat left open to interpretation because strength can be measured in a lot of different ways. While Rexxy (Tyrannosaurus Rex) certainly had a powerful mass and body, he wasn’t exactly pushing people around with those tiny arms. While T-Rexes probably used their giant bodies to ram into other dinos occasionally, most of their strength lived in their powerful jaws and as powerful as those jaws were, there is another, very familiar dino with even more powerful jaws. Deinosuchus aka “Terrible Crocodile,” was the ancestor of modern day crocodiles and alligators. These bad boys could get to be over 50 feet long, but their real power was in the strongest bites of all time. Modern day crocodiles have the strongest bite on earth measuring around 9,400 newtons, but Deinosuchus had the most forceful bite ever measuring almost twice that of their modern-day descendants at 18,000 newtons. In other words, you did not want to be on the business-end of one of those bites. CHOMP. What do you think of Deinosuchus’ bite? What would you like to learn about in next week’s Dino Fact? Remember to post your comments and leave your questions for next week. Wooot!