Therizinosaurus Dinosaur Enormous Claws Ineffective For Combat

According to a new study, a “completely bizarre” dinosaur with enormous claws whose purpose has long been unknown was unable to fight or repel attackers due to their fragility.

Therizinosaurus Dinosaur Enormous Claws Ineffective For Combat

Therizinosaurus dinosaur , the scythe-clawed from Jurassic World, could not have used its enormous, “useless,” flimsy claws to fight, according to scientists. According to a new study, a “completely bizarre” dinosaur with enormous claws whose purpose has long been unknown was unable to fight or repel attackers due to their fragility.

In the most recent “Jurassic World” film, the creature is seen impaling the vicious predator Giganotosaurus and batting away a deer with its scythe-like claws. The latest research, however, suggests that this portrayal is untrue.

Therizinosaurus dinosaur, existed between the Late Triassic and the Cretaceous (220 million to 66 million years ago).

Zichuan Qin, a doctoral student at the University of Bristol in England who led the study, told Live Science that “movies and documentaries suggest that they used these claws like long swords to fight each other or predators.

“But according to our research, they are unable to handle stress, so these animals couldn’t use their claws to defend themselves or engage in combat. We were all shocked by the outcomes because everyone was anticipating [“Jurassic World: Dominion”] when we watched it last year. We immediately understood, “No, that’s not true!””

Tyrannosaurus rex in size, therizinosaurs began as turkey-sized creatures and grew to be 30 feet (10 metres) tall. With short legs and a “huge bottom,” this “utterly bizarre” feathered dinosaur from the end of the Cretaceous period resembled a giraffe and may have sat on it to eat leaves, according to the researchers.

The study found that the dinosaur’s long, narrow “Edward Scissorhands” claws, which measured 3 feet (1 metre), were the largest ever seen in an animal.

“There’s been a lot of debate about what these claws were for, partly because they’re so big and partly because they’re attached to an animal whose other characteristics suggest it was a herbivore—their skulls and their teeth suggest they were plant eaters,” said Paul Barrett, a paleobiologist at the Natural History Museum in London who was not involved in the study.

The research, which was released on February 16 in the journal Communications Biology, found that these outsized claws were so weak that they were unable to even hook and pull down branches. The researchers created 3D computer models of the claws from meticulous fossil scans, which they then tested for various mechanical abilities like digging, pulling, and piercing.

Additionally, they looked at alvarezsaurs, a group of dinosaurs related to therizinosaurs who, unlike them, evolved into tiny dinosaurs with claws resembling those of a rock pick.

The alvarezsaurs shrank to the size of a chicken, making them the tiniest dinosaurs ever, according to Qin. They could withstand great stress, such as digging in the ground, despite their claws’ small size.

Paleontologists generally agree that Alvarezsaurus was an ant eater with claws that were perfect for digging up anthills, but the new study offers more rigorous and quantitative support, according to Barrett.

Why then did Therizinosaurus develop enormous, seemingly pointless claws? According to the researchers, males displayed their long claws to entice females, much like peacocks spread their tails to impress prospective partners.

Therizinosaurs dinosaur may have used their flimsy claws for display and food gathering, as well as to impress females and groom each other. Mike Benton, a professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Bristol, suggested another possible purpose for the gigantic claws. These animals were feathered and could have been used like combs.