Zoologists and ecologists like J.A. McLennan and L. Dew believed that size plays an essential role in the world of animals; predators usually try to avoid attacking similarly sized or bigger animals(). The reason behind this natural phenomenon is quite self-explanatory: bigger size provides greater strength. Dinosaurs, as members of the animal kingdom, also obey this law. Up until now, the largest T-Rex skeleton yet discovered was measured 12.8 metres (42 ft) long, and was 4.0 metres (13.1 ft) high from ground to hips (The Field Museum of Natural History). The weight of this monster, according to the latest approximation performed by Peter Makovicky, curator of dinosaurs at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in 2011, was about 9 tons(Discovery News). However, this bulk did not appear very massive when standing besides ...
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