Experts are now saying that Allosaurus likely devoured its prey in a manner not dissimilar from that of modern-day falcons.
The iconic Tyrannosaurus rex is believed to have handled its prey like an alligator, by jerking it from side-to-side in its powerful jaws. Computer-generated simulations are now indicating that T. rex’s Jurassic cousin, Allosaurus preferred to strip flesh from bone with bird-like tugging motions.
Headed by Ohio University paleontologist Eric Snively, a team of experts in biomechanics, computer visualization, and dinosaur anatomy were able to generate models that provided them with insight into the eating mechanics of this prehistoric beast. Allosaurus’ muscle placement and bone structure echoed characteristics of modern predatory birds that are essential to how they kill and eat.
The Ohio University team plans to apply their method to additional dinosaurs in order to learn more about their feeding habits.