Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let's chat about Dino Gangs!

Tarbosaurus
Pack hunting, piggy-backing tarbos? Photo by Justine Retsnimel, via Flickr.

Discovery Channel UK premieres a new special, based on the theories of Canadian paleontology legend Dr. Phil Currie, on Sunday, June 26 at 9PM. Dino Gangs explores the idea that the massive Asian tryrannosaur Tarbosaurus hunted in packs. He's previously suggested this behavior for the smaller North American tyrant Albertosaurus, and both hypotheses are based on mass burials. It's a dramatic image to conjure, but like Brian Switek, I'm not sure that the evidence supports it.

If you'd like to chat about Currie's ideas, join myself, Brian, and possibly one or two other web science writers tomorrow at 1PM GMT (that's an early 8AM for eastern standard time folks like me) for a chat at the Discovery UK Facebook page.

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