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Dino Speed

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Date: Aug 22, 2007 - 12:10 PM
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.

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.

Now, in Jurassic Park they claim Velociraptors were "cheetah speed"... not precisely accurate, but hey, that's artistic license for you.

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