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Why it would have been impossible for a T. rex to stick out its tongue

Everything we thought we knew about dinosaur tongues is wrong.
A Tyrannosaurus rex

Many depictions show dinosaurs with long, lizard-like tongues. New research reveals most dinosaur tongues were rooted firmly to the base of their mouths.

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A mouthful of giant, bone-crunching teeth might be the scariest thing about a dinosaur. But there’s something about the image of a wet, waggling tongue that’s particularly disturbing. To our relief, researchers have discovered that most dinosaur tongues—including that of the mighty T. rex—couldn’t waggle much at all.

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