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Re: Tyrannosaurs & gout



guy leahy wrote:
>         The recent description of gout in a specimen of T. rex (Rothschild
> et al 1997) invites speculation as to the cause.  As Rothschild et al note,
> one possible explanation is that the diet of T. rex included large amounts
> of red meat due to the high purine content of red meat relative to white
> meat.  Since red meat= high oxidative capacity muscle, the skeletal muscle
> of T. rex prey items (other dinosaurs, most likely) may have possessed a high
> aerobic capacity for sustained activity relative to extant reptiles.

Does this mean they DIDN'T taste like chicken?

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