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"As a somewhat hilarious postscript, the present-day living creature with the closest genetic similarity to T. rex is... the chicken."
I'm not a geneticist, but given that birds come from a different theropod lineage than tyrannosaurs, shouldn't ALL birds be equally genetically distant from Tyrannosaurus?
Okay, if no one can clarify what this quote means by the end of the month, I'm just going to delete it.
You are absolutely right from a biological point of view. I think the emphasis on chickens, out of all birds, in only due to Rule of Funny (since chickens are funnier than other birds).
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