Not so scary looking after all: Did meat-eating dinosaurs have lips?


A group of scientists believe meat-eating dinosaurs, like T-Rex, may not have had the menacing smile depicted in most movies like Jurassic Park.

Derek Larson, collections manager and researcher for paleontology at the Royal Museum, believes meat-eating dinos had lips which covered their teeth. Larsen, together with a team of scientists from around the world, published their findings in Science back in March.

Their findings have already changed how the public perceives the iconic T-Rex.

The study informed the design of the travelling exhibit “Sue: A T-Rex Experience,’ currently being exhibited at the Royal B.C Museum. Sue, a life-sized reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, has lips.

The exhibit will be in Victoria until January.


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