Wild Things: Life as We Know It
Flamingos, T. rex Tails, Burmese monkeys and more...
- By Amanda Bensen, T.A. Frail, Megan Gambino, Jess Righthand and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, January 2011
An updated illustration of Tyrannosaurus rex (Scott Hartman)
Researchers underestimate Tyrannosaurus rex tail muscle mass by as much as 45 percent, say University of Alberta scientists who compared its tail vertebrae with those of modern reptiles. Heftier muscles, from the base of the tail to the hind legs, made the fierce dino more agile than commonly thought.
"Greater flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus use uropygial secretions as make-up," Juan A. Amat et al., Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, October 23, 2010
"An indigenous religious ritual selects for resistance to a toxicant in a livebearing fish," M. Tobler et al., Biology Letters, September 8, 2010
"Mutualistic mycorrhiza-like symbiosis in the most ancient group of land plants," Claire P. Humphreys et al., Nature Communications, November 2, 2010
"A New Species of Snub-Nosed Monkey, Genus Rhinopithecus Milne-Edwards, 1872 (Primates, Colobinae), From Northern Kachin State, Northeastern Myanmar," Thomas Geissmann et al., American Journal of Primatology, October 27, 2010
"The Tail of Tyrannosaurus: Reassessing the Size and Locomotive Importance of the M. caudofemoralis in Non-Avian Theropods," W. Scott Persons IV and Philip J. Currie, The Anatomical Record, November 12, 2010