Carnivorous dinosaurs that could run as fast as Usain Bolt hit 28mph, fossil footprints reveal

SCIENTISTS have figured out how fast a dinosaur can run – and it will help Usain Bolt make money.

The Jamaican sprinter holds the world records in the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay events.

You better start for it...


You better start for it…

He managed to hit the fastest leg speed recorded during the 2009 Berlin World Championship, peaking at 27.8mph.

That is for the 100m race, from the 60th to the 80th meter.

But about 120 million years ago, he may have once had a carnivorous rival.

Studying footprints found in Spain, scientists believe they have figured out how fast a group of arthropod dinosaurs could have been.

Turns out they can also reach speeds of up to 27.8mph.

Who will win the race between the two? Sadly, scientists doubt that even Bolt can outrun a vacuum machine.

Researcher Pablo Navarro Lorbes told The Sun: ‘They are medium-sized but larger than humans.

“They might be chasing Usain Bolt, unfortunately for him.”

Even so, Bolt still has a better chance than the average person.

Based on Health line, an average man between the ages of 20 and 40 can only do about 5.9mph, while that for women is about 5mph.

The footprint is the main focus of the study – published in the journal Nature – but it must be compared with the myriad data and approaches of other paleontologists.

Theropods were probably among the fastest dinosaurs of their time but there were other groups that could run very fast, including their prey.

They also have nothing on the world’s fastest animal, the Cheetah, which can reach speeds of around 60mph.

Bolt holds several sprint world records


Bolt holds several sprint world recordsCredit: Reuters
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In other news, Earth had a close call with a small planet, called 1998 SD9, in October.

NASA has also been busy helping the ISS avoid a possible thing debris collision by forcing it to divert 1,000ft.

Last month, the US space agency launched a spacecraft that will eventually crash into an asteroid 11 million miles from Earth next year.

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