The Posture of Tyrannosaurus rex : Why Do Student Views Lag Behind the Science?

  title={The Posture of Tyrannosaurus rex : Why Do Student Views Lag Behind the Science?},
  author={Robert M. Ross and Don Duggan-Haas and Warren Douglas Allmon},
  journal={Journal of Geoscience Education},
  pages={145 - 160}
ABSTRACT Today's students were born well after the dramatic scientific reinterpretations of theropod dinosaur stance and metabolism of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Yet, if asked to draw a picture of Tyrannosaurus rex, most of these students will likely draw an animal with an upright, tail-dragging posture, remarkably like the original 1905 description of this famous dinosaur. We documented this phenomenon by asking college (n = 111) and elementary to middle school students (n = 143) to draw… 
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