Tyrannosaurus rex

No. 278929

by Safari Ltd
$7.99

Tyrannosaurus rex was a huge theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now western North America in the Upper Cretaceous Period (68-66 million years ago). Tyrannosaurus rex, or ‘T. rex’ for short, died with all of the other remaining dinosaurs in the great extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Period.

  • Scientific name: Tyrannosaurus rex meaning ‘tyrant lizard’ and ‘king’
  • Characteristics: Tyrannosaurus, at least 40 feet long, and 5-6 metric tons in weight, was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs to have ever lived. Its huge jaws contained lots of sharp, six inch long teeth that it used to tear apart prey. It walked on its hind legs, using its long tail to balance its huge head.
  • Size and color: This model is 8 inches long and 4.25 inches high. Like many living lizards, it is a dark green in its upper parts, and a lighter green color underneath.
  • The Tyrannosaurus Rex is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

Product Description

History

When the first dinosaur skeletons were discovered in western North America in the 1870’s, it created a lot of excitement in the museums in the eastern part of North America. Soon, these museums were sending expeditions west to collect dinosaurs. It was one of these expeditions, from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, headed up by the famous fossil collector, Barnum Brown, that found the first Tyrannosaurus skeleton in 1900 in Wyoming. He returned several times, and over the next five years, collected four more skeletons. Tyrannosaurus rex was named in 1905. The largest of these skeletons can be seen on display at the American Museum, and another is on display at the Cleveland Museum on Natural History. Tyrannosaurus skeletons are quite rare, but once in a while, another skeleton is found. A particularly beautiful skeleton was found in South Dakota in 1990. Nicknamed ‘Sue’, this skeleton can now be seen in the fossil gallery of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

  • Size in cm: 20.5 L x
Its front limbs were tiny and its hands were reduced to just two tiny fingers. They were far too small and weak to walk on, fight off other dinosaurs, or grasp prey, so what they were for is a mystery. Perhaps, like the human appendix, they didn’t have any function.
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