Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Bite Force Measured 8,000 Pounds, Scientists Say

The teeth of Tyrannosaurus rex have been called “killer bananas,” and a new study in the journal Scientific Reports shows just how hard those fearsome chompers could clamp down.

“What we came up with were bite forces of around 8,000 pounds,” says Gregory Erickson of Florida State University. “That’s like setting three small cars on top of the jaws of a T. rex — that’s basically what was pushing down.”

Erickson and his colleague Paul Gignac, of Oklahoma State University, initially looked at the bite forces produced by different crocodile species.

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