You were Taught Wrong about the T-REX Fact List.
We’ve all seen Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park films. In much the same way his Jaws films shaped peoples view of great white sharks. Jurassic Park shaped the how the world viewed Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The only problem with that is, his depiction of both were wrong.
It wasn’t Stephen Spielberg’s Fault!
Most scientists at the time believed the dinosaur was similar to Stephen Spielberg’s on-screen portrayal.
Which was a running, hunting blood thirsty beast with poor eyesight and those traits made T-rex a great movie monster/villain. However, new research has shown this portrayal to be inaccurate.
When Jurassic Park was created only 8 T-rex skeletons had been unearthed and they were all partial fossils.
Fast forward to today, experts have a much clearer grasp of how the unofficial king of the dinos actually lived and what they really looked like.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Facts
- The T. Rex roamed the planet during the late Cretaceous Period 65 million years ago, in what’s now the USA and Canada.
- The name Tyrannosaurus Rex comes from Greek and Latin words meaning ‘Tyrant Lizard King’.
- It’s now believed that like other members of the tyrannosaur species, the T. rex had tufts of feathers running from the top of their heads all the way down their spines, with a cute little feather fluff at the tips of their tails.
- The T. Rex was a seriously big beast, growing up to 12m long and 6m tall!
- Based on the growth rings observable on dinosaur bones, much like the concentric markings of trees, paleontologists pinpointed the ages at the time of death to be usually before 30 years.
- T-rex would gain around 1,700 lbs, topping out at a staggering 9 tons.
- Scientists thought these fearsome prehistoric creatures were carnivorous hunters, feasting on the flesh of the unfortunate animals they caught. New research has shown the T-rex may have also been a scavenger.
- Equipped with a set of 50-60 banana-sized teeth, these expert eaters could rip almost 100kg of flesh off their victims in a single chomp!
- All their teeth regrew every two years, so it was a constant cycle of losing and growing teeth.
- T. rex owned the most powerful jaws of any creature in history. Their meal was crushed with the force of 7,800 lbs.
- Chemical testing determined that the excrement held pulverized bits of bones that had been exposed to digestive acids in the stomach.
- Which means tyrannosaurus Rex could bite through bone and digest it.
- One mischaracterization that Steven Spielberg included in his film is that their eye position limited their sight to tracking only moving objects. That’s pure fabrication. With eyes the size of oranges, the T. rex could clock a meal using its unparalleled depth perception, thanks to the large distance between its forward-facing eyes.
- The T. Rex was super smart, boasting a brain twice as big as those of giant carnivores.
- Scientists no longer believe the Tyrannosaurus Rex could run but instead they would speed walk at speeds of up to 25 mph.
- Paleontologists think the short arms of a T.rex were totally purposeless. Similar to the human appendix and wisdom teeth, their arms were passed down from early tyrannosaur species, who could function with a tiny wingspan.
- As hatchlings, it’s believed that the T. rex was born with a peachfuzz-like coat.
- More than 20 almost-complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons have been found. The most perfect example has been nicknamed Sue. She was unearthed in South Dakota, USA, 20 years ago.
- The skeleton of Sue was sold to a museum in Chicago for around £5 million in 1997.
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