Could T.rex roar?
It is a common Hollywood trope to depict tyrannosaurs and other dinosaur predators as snarling, roaring beasts. However, we don't really see modern reptiles roaring - they hiss or grunt. And since dinosaurs were most closely related to modern birds, it seems more likely that they cooed or clucked instead.
So my question is for the paleontologists and dino enthusiasts. Have there been any findings in fossils of tyrannosaurus rex or other similar predators that hint at the type of sounds they would have produced?
Who knows! I just ate a few hard boiled eggs and my butt is sending out plenty of roars, clucks, fizzes and hisses! Sorry, I know you were being serious! That's why I love the questions and answer section of HP.
It is quite possible that if T. Rex made any sound from the mouth it probably sounded like a roar since they were so large in size and they were predators. Modern reptiles are not large enough to roar. This is pretty much the same reason lions, and tigers roar when they make a sound while domesticated house cats and most of the smaller wild cats make a much softer sound like a meow. These sounds also depend on the musculature of the throat and jaw of the animal, and on the size and shape of it buccal cavity. Therefore, scientists most like deduced the sound of T. Rex by examining its buccal cavity of fossilized T. Rex skulls.
It does not seem that roaring would benefit the T-rex in its hunting...in-fact just the opposite...but lions don't roar while hunting and though lions are not specifically related to the T-rex...still they roar. Perhaps the T-rex did roar but not while hunting...hmmm maybe as a means of marking territory?
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