All animals fuck, but not all of them fuck tenderly. Bed bugs? Nah. Wolves? For life. Tortoises? Often, but not tenderly. Humans: Sometimes. We can add one more species to the animal kingdom that probably practiced a tender, loving mating ritual, however -- that soulful, sensual dinosaur king, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
It's true. The Guardian reports today that in its hot and heavy Late Cretaceous days of youth, the sharp-toothed T. Rex did what came naturally, nuzzling their extra-feelsy snouts against each other as foreplay before they got down to the kinkier stuff. According to the academic journal Scientific Reports, “In courtship, tyrannosaurids might have rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of pre-copulatory play.”
Scientists learned of this ancient form of dino diddling from the discovery of Daspletosaurus horneri, a new species of the tyrannousaur family found in Montana. The D. horneri (which is the filthiest dinosaur name ever, by the way) remains revealed much about tyrannosaur biology, specifically its face, which was armored with scales and tough skin around the snout and jaws. Inside, however, scientists found holes called foramina, or openings for nerve endings. The nerve endings would have given the short-armed tyrannosaurs an extra appendage with which to feel their way around the jungle and, ehem, each other.