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Speedy Dino

Topic: Testing ideas

Scientists at Manchester University calculated that Tyrannosaurus Rex probably had a top speed of around 18mph (29 kmph)- making it faster than many sports stars. They worked it out by entering data about muscles, weight, bones etc. into a computer. However, although T. Rex might have been the fiercest dino, it wasn't the fastest. Compsognathus pelted along at 40mph - 5mph speedier than the current fastest creature on two legs, the ostrich.
In this activity children will compare differences between dinosaurs to identify factors that may affect speed. They consider what information might be useful to scientists who are trying to predict the behaviour of an animal which is now extinct.

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