While Joss Whedon may be trying to prepare America for the Zomney Apocalypse, researchers in Montana have been looking at an altogether different kind of survival skill – one that involves less hoarding of canned goods, but a similar amount of decapitation.
The team from the Museum of the Rockies have been looking at teeth marks on 18 Triceratops specimens that have Tyrannosaurus teeth marks on them and have found an intriguing pattern (Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2012.11650).
The teeth marks show no sign of healing (ie. they were made after the death of the ill-fated Triceratops); and the pattern of puncture and parallel grooves on neck frills suggest that these were not the marks of Tyrannosaurus having a nibble on the tough bone and keratin of the neck frill. Rather, it looks like good ol’ T-Rex took off the head of Triceratops prey in order to nibble on the softer, more delectable neck muscles. Mmmm, delicious Triceratops neck muscles.
You can read the full story here. Make sure you also check out the helpful step-by-step guide to eating a Triceratops.
And if that’s not enough to convince you that studying dinosaurs is awesome, there’s just no pleasing you.