"First, we're assuming that the T. rex won't just eat the person, right?" asks Jack Conrad, a vertebrate paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Right. This is a sanctioned match, and killing your opponent is strictly against the rules. Who's coming out on top?
"Doesn't matter," Conrad says. "There's no chance that any human alive could win." The T. rex's arms might have looked wimpy, but they were extremely strong. Each was about three feet long and, based on the size of the arm bones and analysis of the spots where muscle attached to the bone, they were jacked. "The bicep alone—and this is a conservative estimate—could curl 430 pounds," Conrad says. Even the beefiest humans max out at around an embarrassing 260 pounds.
Surely an Over the Top–era Sylvester Stallone would put up a good fight? "Not even Lou Ferrigno in his prime would stand a chance," Conrad says. "They didn't just have big biceps. Their chest and shoulder muscles were huge too. They had huge arms and shoulders—bigger than my leg. They had the strength to rip a human's arm right out of its socket."
There is a chance, however, that your competition might not be able to put all that beefy muscle to use. There are dozens of hypotheses about what the T. rex used its arms for, Conrad explains, but the ones taken most seriously involve pushing itself up if it was lying on its belly, tossing big chunks of meat into its mouth, or holding onto females during what scientists suspect was a very vigorous mating routine. These ideas are favored because such actions required Barbie doll–like up-and-down motions of the arm, and fossil evidence indicates that the dino king was incapable of rotating or twisting its arms. "The T. rex probably couldn't have done the arm-wrestling move," Conrad says. "So maybe you could get him on a technicality."
This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Popular Science magazine.
gotta agree with the article. in proportion to the rest of its body - the arms were indeed wee things.
compared to a human; they were massive.
Also, i do not believe that the king's arm would be able to rotate that well.
in order to win, you'd basically have to tear its arm off.
but then again it's not always about pure strength; you also have to take into account technique.
if i had a vote; i'd pit the 'master' of Aikido Steven Segal against it.
and if all else fails - humanity's secret weapon, and last resort. Chuck Norris ;)
on a side note: how's about a Pachycephalosaurus or a raptor vs a human (obviously, gotta give the human a sword or spear ... lack of claws, tough skin, etc ... )
My only concern would be for the idiot who accepted the challenge to arm wrestle a hungry T Rex. Would the human challenger be able to reach the competition table before being swallowed whole.
Wasn't this on an episode of Bones?
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The T-Rex would always win simply by breathing on the opponent. The CO2 alone would kill a person breathing it in!
Stupid hypothetical article....
Forget Rambo, Jean Claude Van Damme and other Holywood superhumans. A chimp will have them holding their intestines in their hands in short order. A chimpansee will knuckle any human under. It's question of how dedicated to muscle strenght you are. Humans aren't very dedicated. Chimps are. They just want to kill you, no matter what. They are dedicated and they'll kill you if they get peed-off, eating your fingers, hands and face off. Champansees are NOT fair players. They aim at winning. Watch youtube about chimp attacks.