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T. Rex an intelligent tool user and culture builder?  Not so fast, says new U of A research

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Recent research suggested a truly terrifying thought — that T. Rex, perhaps the most terrifying predator to walk the earth, was also smart enough to use tools, hunt in packs and transmit information.

But a newspaper is throwing cold water on those dinosaur fever dreams.

A year ago, an American researcher published a peer-reviewed paper that compared fossil Tyrannosaurus brain cases to modern reptiles and birds and concluded that the ancient hunters had brain power comparable to that of modern baboons.

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A new paper questions almost all the assumptions made in that earlier work.

Co-author Cristian Gutierrez, a neuroscientist from the University of Alberta, says the previous paper greatly overestimated the size of T. Rex’s brain.

And besides, he says, more neurons don’t mean more intelligence.

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He says that Tyrannosaurs probably had smarts closer to those of a crocodile than a primate, so rest easy – if the thought of a seven-tonne crocodile makes you rest easy.

– More to come…

& copy 2024 The Canadian Press

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