CNN spotlights some research on how fast dinosaurs really were.|
As it turns out, the carnivores were all pretty speedy.
The researchers used a computer model to calculate the running speeds of the five dinosaurs that varied in size from the 6.6 pound Compsognathus to a six-ton Tyrannosaurus.Now, in Jurassic Park they claim Velociraptors were "cheetah speed"... not precisely accurate, but hey, that's artistic license for you.
They fed information about the skeletal and muscular structure of the dinosaurs into the computer and ran a simulation tens of millions of times to see how fast the animals moved, said William Sellers, a zoologist at the University of Manchester, who led the study.
They checked their method by inputting data of a human with the muscle and bone structure of a professional sportsman and found the computer accurately spat out a top running speed just behind T-rex's pace.