What do we know about the T.rex?
In the early 1900s, Barnum Brown, a famous fossil hunter and paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History discovered the first skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex in Hell Creek, Montana.
Derived from the Greek word “Tyrannosaurus” meaning “tyrant lizard,” and the Latin word “rex” meaning “king,” this rapacious predator with its huge head and puny arms could bite with about 34,000 newtons of force—so powerful that it could crush bones! During its time, T.rex truly lived as “King of the Tyrant Lizards.”
“Tyrannosaurs” is the name of a group of closely related dinosaurs that includes dozens of different kinds of animals. Tyrannosaurs evolved for over 100 million years, with T. rex—its biggest and most famous member—appearing during the last two million.
Every formidable adult T.rex started out as a small, helpless hatchling. Paleontologists say they were covered in fluffy feathers and had tiny sharp teeth, large eyes, and a long tail. As they grew, they had fewer feathers—usually only on their heads and necks, their hands became tinier, their body became more muscular, their teeth became more bladelike and their bone-crushing bite became even stronger.
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