One of the most iconic, loved and easily one of the most recognizable Dinosaurs ever discovered. You have been stopping around in our imagination for 113 years, and we all can’t thank you enough for it!
The first partial skeleton of T-Rex was discovered in 1900 and then a second holotype specimen in 1902, but it was Henry Fairfield Osborn president of the American Museum of Natural History, who gave the “Tyrant Lizard King” its name on October 5th, 1905.
Living 68-66 million years ago in North America and is still currently the clear choice for the most dominant predator in this area, at the time. Measuring 40ft long, 12ft high at the hips, and weighing up to 18 metric tons, and packing a bite force over 14,000 pounds! Making this animal’s bite the largest known bite force of any terrestrial animal in earths history. Let’s not forget a skull measuring 5ft long with thick, up to 12-inch-long bone crushing teeth.
More than 50 specimens of Tyrannosaurus Rex have been identified, some of which are nearly complete skeletons. Soft tissue and proteins have been reported in at least one of these specimens. The abundance of fossil material has allowed significant research into many aspects of its biology, including its life history and bio-mechanics the feeding habits, physiology and potential speed of Tyrannosaurus Rex are a few subjects of debate.
Our beloved T-Rex has made an appearance in over 100 TV series and movies. She is even in and part of the logo for one of our personal favorites, “Jurassic Park.” Rexy has thrilled us on the big screen and we can only hope that she was just as impressive in real life as we can only imagine her. Though it has taken us quite a long time to get a good grasp of what you really looked like.
Happy Birthday to one of the coolest animals ever to have walked the earth!
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