Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

T-Rex was all talk

The tyrannosaurus rex, brought to our screens as a jeep-chasing set of teeth by Steven Spielberg, actually had the mobility of “an asthmatic elephant” according to Leeds zoologist Professor McNeill Alexander. A leading expert on dinosaur locomotion, Professor Alexander says that due to its tiny front legs, which could not break a fall, and its bone structure – making it more like an elephant than a gazelle in terms of mobility – the T-Rex would have had a top speed of no more than five miles per hour. If it were lucky enough to corner you it would probably be too out of breath to kill you – reassuring news for those with a fear a real-life Jurassic Park might exist one day.

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