Too Fast to be Food

Too Fast to be Food

This African huntress needs to run as fast as she can so she doesn’t end up a light snack for this Tyrannosaurus rex.

While T. rex‘s multi-ton mass would have slowed it down relative to other theropods, its top speed—18 to 25 miles per hour depending on which sources you trust—would have exceeded most humans at least in a short burst. But I tend to imagine it more as an ambush hunter than a pursuit predator. On the other hand, some anthropologists believe that humans are actually better built for endurance running than other animals; foraging hunters like the Khoisan of southernmost Africa have taken advantage of this by relentlessly running after their prey until it tires before they do.

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