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All About The T Rex

Tyrannosaurs Rex

Did you know that the T rex was the ultimate carnivore and one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived.  It got it’s name from Greek and Latin words meaning ‘Tyrant Lizard King’. The T rex lives up to its reputation of being super fearsome with its scary nature, whopping jaw of 60 sharp teeth, each one up to 20cm (8 inches) and its humongous size. These are just a couple of the reasons why it is one of the most popular dinosaurs with children. 

Everything about this ferocious predator was designed for crushing bones and tearing meat, therefore this dinosaur has a thick, heavy skull and a 4-foot-long jaw. Looking at bite marks found on Triceratops and Edmontosaurus fossil bones show that the T rex could crunch through bone with its almighty head, teeth and jaw. The T Rex has 60 sharp, pointy, serrated teeth (each tooth the size of a banana) which were most likely used to pierce and grip flesh. It’s huge jaw, and solid head would then devour and rip apart any food.  Its powerful long, jaw and its bite was around 3 times as powerful than that of a lion. This creature also has two-fingered forearms which help them seize pray, however they are too short to reach its mouth, so the T rex has to use its head and neck to eat! Their skull was over 1.5m (5 feet) long and the cavity that housed the part of the brain responsible for smell was relatively large. The t rex used its good sense of smell to hunt live prey as well as locate dead bodies to scavenge off.

Pathologist, who are scientists who study the prehistoric world,  believe this powerful carnivorous dinosaur could eat up to 230 kilograms of meat in just one bite (which is approximately half the weight of a horse!). Analysis of fossilised Tyrannosaurus dung show that it contained the bones of its prey. From fossil evidence we also believe that a T Rex was about 40 feet (12 meters) long and about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 meters) tall and weighed 7000kg. It’s strong thighs and long, powerful tail helped it move quickly at approx 20km per hour, and it has a massive 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) skull. 

The T rex lived in forested river valleys in North America and Canada during the late Cretaceous period. It became extinct about 65 million years ago in the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction.

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