Tyrannosaurus Rex

No. 300729

by Safari Ltd
$11.99

Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest theropod dinosaurs that ever existed. Its scientific name, Tyrannosaurus (‘tyrant lizard’) rex (‘king’) says it all. It lived in what is now western North America in the latest Cretaceous (68-66 million years ago). T. rex went extinct at the very end of the Cretaceous, and so is one of the last dinosaurs to have lived on earth.

  • Scientific Name: Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Characteristics: Tyrannosaurus rex was a large (at least 40 feet), massively built (5-6 metric tons), bipedal dinosaur. The head was huge, and the jaws contained lots of sharp teeth, some at least six inches in length! Each tooth had serrations on both the front and back edges, working like a steak knife to easily cut through the flesh of its prey. Tyrannosaurus rex would have been able to take down and eat any dinosaur it wanted to.
  • Size and Color: This model is 8.75 inches long and 3.25 inches high. It has a dark brown back that fades to a cream colored belly. The tail has faint vertical stripes that would have allowed this carnivore to blend into the surrounding trees and make it harder for their prey to see them approaching.
  • The Tyrannosaurus Rex is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
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History

Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the very first dinosaurs to be discovered and described. Isolated teeth and other isolated bones were found in the American west as early as 1872, but no one was sure what sort of animal they belonged to. In 1900, Barnum Brown, a famous collector working at the American Museum of Natural History, discovered the first T. rex skeleton in Wyoming. Over the next five years, he found four more skeletons, although none of them was complete. Henry Osborn, also of the American Museum of Natural History, described and named Tyrannosaurus rex in 1905 based on this material. The largest of Brown’s skeletons can be seen on display at the American Museum, and another is on display at the Cleveland Museum on Natural History. After these initial finds, T. rex skeletons proved to be rare, but occasionally, new skeletons have come to light. One of the most famous is a T. rex called ‘Sue’ (guess what gender paleontologists think it is) that was collected in 1990 in South Dakota, and is now on exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. It is the most complete skeleton of T. rex, with nearly every single bone preserved in place.

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 22 L x
We still don’t know what the front limbs on the Tyrannosaurus rex were used for, but they were too small and weak to walk on, fight off other dinosaurs, or grasp prey. Some paleontologists have argued that they had lost whatever functions they originally had, and that they were evolutionary ‘left-overs’ like the human appendix.
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