A Guide on Eating Dinosaurs

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Tue, Jan 8th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

POPSCI's Erin Berger has put together this tongue-in-cheek article looking at which dinosaur would be the tastiest. Reportedly, the ornithomimid would be "the most consumer-friendly cut of meat" but no word if it would taste like chicken.

"When people ask me if a T-Rex would be good, well, I don't think so," David Varricchio, professor of paleontology at Montana State University, says. "They've found jaw abnormalities that suggests they were eating fetid meat and had diseases that came about from prey items. They would be pretty parasite-laden."

Just as important in the search for the best cut of dinosaur meat would be the level and type of activity for which the dinosaur was built.

As for exactly which dinosaur would be most appetizing, one with red meat would have just enough flavor as compared to one with blander white meat. Theories that dinosaurs would have tasted like chicken abound since dinosaurs are so closely related to birds, but for many land-dwelling dinosaurs, beef may be a closer guess. The kind of activity an animal does determines what kind of meat it yields. Red meat is composed of slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are built for sustained periods of activity, so animals that are active for longer amounts of time throughout the day would be composed of mostly red meat. Those who ambush their prey or move quickly for short periods of time would have white meat, which is composed of fast-twitch muscles that allow for quick bursts of activity. So dinosaurs taking part in extended periods of activity would probably have muscles less like a chicken (or even a fast-acting predator like a cheetah) and more like a steady-moving cow.

The above image is from Wikipedia's entry on the Ornithomimosauria.

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