April 13, 2007

Mmm, Tyrannosaurus Rex tastes like chicken

Posted in Biology, Dinosaurs, Education, Evolution, Paleontology, Science at 9:59 am by deadlikeme

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Two years ago a team of scientists announced that they have found soft tissue remnants inside the fossilized femur of a 68 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex. The skeleton had been found in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. Now a new study has been puplished in Science.

In Protein Sequences from Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus Rex Revealed by Mass Spectrometry, the scientists used mass spectrometry to obtain protein sequences from bones of a 160,000- to 600,000-year-old extinct mastodon (Mammut americanum) and the 68 million year old T. rex.

Looks like T. rex’s collagen (most common protein in animals) shares a 58% similarity with that of a chicken.

Remember how the scientists in Jurassic Park used frog DNA to complement the dinosaur DNA? Well, the examined T. rex’s collagen also shares a 51% similarity with that of frogs.

Science Article

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