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  • Imagine sitting down to dinner and ordering a drumstick the size of your body.

  • Your meal would need to be brought out on a forklift.

  • What did you just order, you may ask?

  • The king of all dinosaurs, the T-Rex.

  • But what would this dinosaur taste like?

  • It's probably not what you imagine.

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex feared nothing because it was the ultimate predator.

  • It fed on anything that would satisfy its hunger.

  • This meant that the muscles in the legs, tail, and jaw of Tyrannosaurus were large and meaty.

  • The creature weighed somewhere between 11,000 to 15,500 pounds.

  • So your cut of T-Rex meat would be enough to feed an entire human family many times

  • over.

  • Now to be clear, despite what Ken Ham says humans and dinosaurs never lived at the same

  • time.

  • Dinosaurs likely went extinct due to an asteroid impact around 65 million years ago.

  • Humans on the other hand did not evolve until about 300,000 years ago, so there is absolutely

  • no overlap.

  • But scientists now have the technology to bring extinct species back to life using genetic

  • engineering.

  • There are still some things that need to be figured out before creating a viable dinosaur

  • embryo, but it most likely will be possible in your lifetime.

  • However, if you have seen the movie Jurassic Park the question isn't when will we bring

  • back dinosaurs; but should we bring back dinosaurs?

  • This is an ethical question and one that scientists are currently grappling with as they get closer

  • and closer to bringing back extinct species.

  • Scientists at Yale and Harvard were recently able to change chicken embryos so that they

  • grew the snouts of velociraptors instead of beaks.

  • This may seem like science fiction, but it's not, it's reality.

  • So, if we were to bring back a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and it didn't break out of its cage

  • and eat us all, what would the meat actually taste like?

  • As with all animals that we eat, the cut of meat would be important.

  • When you picture a T-Rex your brain probably conjures an image of a reptilian monster with

  • sharp teeth, long tail, and really short arms.

  • However, Jurassic Park got it wrong.

  • We now know that many dinosaurs, including infant and perhaps full grown adult Tyrannosauruses,

  • actually had feathers.

  • This has been proven through examining the fossil record and understanding the evolution

  • of dinosaurs.

  • The very first thing you would need to do before you could eat a T-Rex would be to pluck

  • its feathers off to get at the body.

  • The most muscle, which is what you are eating when you eat meat, is found in the legs of

  • the T-Rex, so you would probably want to start by having a gigantic dino drumstick.

  • The short arms of the T-Rex means that there was probably not much breast meat on the animal.

  • This means it would probably be better to go for the legs, which would look like an

  • extremely large chicken leg.

  • The meat itself would probably look similar to the dark meat of poultry that we eat today.

  • But what would the T-Rex meat taste like?

  • Would it be delicious, gross, gamey?

  • The taste you have in your mind may be far from what the king of dinosaurs actually tasted

  • like.

  • There is one thing for sure, it would not taste like beef.

  • There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that dinosaurs were not mammals.

  • This means their muscles did not have the consistency of what we think of asred

  • meattoday.

  • Therefore, no matter what cut, or type of dino you ateincluding T-Rexit would

  • not taste like beef.

  • It might taste like a different type of animal though.

  • All birds that live on Earth today are descendants of dinosaurs.

  • Now we aren't saying that Tyrannosaurus Rex evolved into the pigeon sitting outside

  • your window right now.

  • But we are saying that the closest living relatives to dinosaurs are birds.

  • They most likely evolved from smaller dinosaurs like Archaeopteryx, and it took millions and

  • millions of years, but the birds of today without a doubt evolved from dinosaurs.

  • So, if you sank your teeth into a T-Rex drumstick would it taste like chicken?

  • Maybe, or it might taste like a different bird, one that happens to be the largest on

  • the planet today.

  • Some scientists have hypothesized that the meat of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus

  • Rex, would in fact taste like chicken, or perhaps turkey.

  • Again, birds are the descendants of dinosaurs, and therefore, share more DNA with dinos than

  • any other species on the planet.

  • It is possible that eating the meat of a T-Rex would be like eating a giant chicken.

  • However, this is probably not entirely true.

  • If we really want to know what the meat of a dino like T-Rex tasted like, we should look

  • to one of the oldest known species of birds on the planet, the ostrich.

  • If you've never had ostrich it is actually pretty good.

  • It has a unique taste, but is also reminiscent of other poultry.

  • Since ostriches are one of the oldest living species of birds on the planet, they may have

  • meat that tastes more closely to dinos than a more recently evolved bird like chickens.

  • According to scientists ostriches probably evolved around 20 to 23 million years ago.

  • That is at least 40 million years after the last dinosaur went extinct.

  • That is a long time for things to change between the two species.

  • Therefore, ostriches may taste more like dinosaurs than other birds do, but in terms of tasting

  • exactly like a T-Rex, probably not.

  • There is one key factor that could help us determine what a Tyrannosaurus Rex actually

  • tasted like, and it is the reason the predator haunts your dreams.

  • Many scientists believe T-Rex had feathers, but don't think of it as an oversized peacock.

  • The creature was still a behemoth with massive teeth and legs powerful enough to chase you

  • down with ease.

  • Plus, the feathers probably looked badass on a T-Rex.

  • There is no denying that the Tyrannosaurus was a hunter; and this would have affected

  • the taste of its meat.

  • Chickens, turkeys, and ostriches are not birds of prey.

  • Therefore, the meat on their bones is less sinewy and gamy.

  • The same cannot be said about Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • The dinosaur needed to hunt to eat, and therefore, its muscles were more likely used in a way

  • that would make them taste like those of other predatory birds such as hawks and eagles.

  • Instead of a constant gradual movement, hunters tend to go from very little motion to fast

  • movement extremely quickly.

  • This causes muscles and tendons to become more tough and leathery.

  • Not only do the way muscles are used affect how meat tastes, but the food that T-Rex ate

  • would affect this as well.

  • There is a reason that most of the meat we eat as humans comes from herbivores and omnivores.

  • Carnivores tend to have a stronger, gamier taste to their meat.

  • So Tyrannosaurus Rex could have tasted more like a hawk than a chicken.

  • So you may be wondering what hawk tastes like.

  • Nobody on the Infographics Staff has ever eaten a hawk- though our Challenge Guy wasn't

  • around to confirm this before the script got approved, and who knows what he's eaten?-

  • but a hawk probably consists of mostly dark meat, and would be much gamier than even a

  • wild turkey.

  • But maybe T-Rex wouldn't be that bad.

  • In fact, with a little barbecue sauce it might even be delicious.

  • There is one other factor that should be taken into consideration when determining how a

  • T-Rex would taste.

  • There aren't very many species around today that were alive during the time of the dinosaurs,

  • but one that may hold clues as to what T-Rex actually tasted like still lurks in swamps

  • around our planet.

  • When you think of scary large toothed reptiles that live today, a crocodile or alligator

  • is probably the first creature you think of.

  • And although crocodiles are not dinosaurs, and did not evolve from dinosaurs, they are

  • both reptiles.

  • This may mean that their meat could share a similar taste.

  • Dinosaurs were reptiles.

  • So could T-Rex taste like a feathered alligator or crocodile?

  • Some scientists believe this might be the case.

  • Crocodiles and alligators share a common ancestor with dinosaurs in the very distant past.

  • But what do these creatures taste like?

  • Well if you've ever spent a significant time in Florida you may have come across alligator

  • on a restaurant menu.

  • It is oftentimes fried, but it kind of tastes like spicy chicken.

  • Crocodile on the other hand is reported to taste a little like pork chop.

  • So, which one of these reptiles would T-Rex taste more like?

  • It's hard to say, but the fact that both alligators and crocodiles spend most of their

  • time in the water, and T-Rex did not, may suggest that neither one of these creatures

  • is an exact match to what the meat of a Tyrannosaurus Rex would taste like.

  • What conclusion can we come to based on all of the evidence?

  • There is an answer to this question, and it has to do with the DNA of chickens.

  • In 2007 a study was conducted using several protein sequences from a T-Rex fossil.

  • Scientists compared the sequences to other species in order to determine which one was

  • most closely related to the Tyrannosaurus.

  • Surprisingly, the protein sequences most closely resembling the T-Rex's were found in chickens.

  • This is crazy because if the proteins produced by T-Rex were similar to those produced by

  • chickens, it is reasonable to assume that the meat could taste similar.

  • But what it comes down to is that Tyrannosaurus Rex meat probably tasted like a combination

  • of meat.

  • It may have tasted a little like a gamey chicken with a little bit of crocodile mixed in.

  • The meat would have been dark, like the drumsticks of a turkey.

  • Due to its hunting lifestyle, and the tensions put on the muscles, the meat would probably

  • be a little bit leathery and tough as well.

  • That being said, scientists also have a warning for those adventurous enough to try T-Rex

  • meat.

  • The meat itself might not taste very good at all.

  • In some T-Rex fossils jaw bone abnormalities have been found, suggesting that T-Rexes may

  • have been eating meat that had gone bad.

  • It is not out of the realm of possibility that the king of the dinosaurs was full of

  • parasites.

  • If this is true, then obviously Tyrannosaurus Rex meat may be something to steer clear of.

  • Some scientists suggest that if you were going to eat dino meat T-Rex probably wouldn't

  • be the way to go.

  • Instead you'd probably want to sink your teeth into one of the herbivore species of

  • dinos.

  • A favorite of scientists seems to be Ornithomimosauria.

  • This was an ostrich-like dinosaur that grazed on plants and was very rarely sprinting or

  • moving quickly, which would keep the muscle from becoming too gamey.

  • Also, around 80 percent of the Ornithomimosauria's body was hindquarters, meaning there would

  • be plenty of meat to go around.

  • If given the option, this would be the dinosaur of choice to eat.

  • If you want to approximate what Tyrannosaurus Rex meat tasted like it might be worth taking

  • a little bit of chicken, a sliver of crocodile, a piece of alligator, and a slice of ostrich,

  • putting them all together, and taking a bite.

  • This concoction may be the closest thing to T-Rex meat you will ever eat; that is until

  • scientists bring one back from the dead.

  • Now watchLion vs T Rex - Who Would Win?”

  • Or check outWhy Spinosaurus Was The Greatest Predator Ever.”

Imagine sitting down to dinner and ordering a drumstick the size of your body.

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Scientists Explain What T-Rex Dinosaur Meat Tasted Like

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