Tyrannosaurus Rex or the T. Rex was an aberration of the dinosaur world. When we talk of dinosaurs, the fame of T. Rex precedes every other dinosaur that ever lived on the face of this earth. The very thought of this massive and ferocious creature gives us chills and of course, some Hollywood movies have taken that fear to epic level. Lucky that we don’t have dinosaurs today. Let us waste time no further and find out 30 interesting Tyrannosaurus Rex facts. We are pretty darn sure that you will love these facts!
At a Glance
Lived: In a period between 67 and 65 million years ago
Species: Tyrannosaurs Rex
Size: 40 feet long and 15-20 feet tall
Interesting Tyrannosaurus Rex Facts: 1-10
1. The word ‘Tyrannosaurus’ literally means ‘Tyrant Lizard’ in Greek. Well, that pretty much tells all the story about its vicious nature. The term Rex however is Latin and means King. So, T. Rex was a tyrant lizard king.
2. T. Rex lived somewhere in the period between 67 million years ago and 65 million years ago. That’s the time frame of Maastrichtian age which belonged to the Cretaceous Period belonging to the end-Mesozoic Era.
3. Tyrannosaurus Rex belonged to the group of last non-avian (or non-aerial) dinosaurs that went extinct during the K-T Extinction or the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction, which by far remains the most famous mass extinction event on this planet till date.
4. The landmass that today forms the Western Northern America was the home for T. Rex back in time. At that time, the landmass actually formed an island continent that we humans have named as Laramidia.
5. As per reports of National Geographic, till date, 50+ T. Rex skeletons have been found. Many of these are almost complete skeletons and at least one of the skeletons had proteins and soft tissues attached.
6. The first ever T. Rex fossil that was unearthed was in 1902. Though the skeleton was incomplete, it was the first record of existence of T. Rex. The credit for this discovery goes to Barnum Brown. He found the skeleton in Hell Creek Formation’s Montana portion.
7. Mr. Brown later sold the skeleton to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. However, that was not the only T. Rex find of Mr. Brown. He found another one, also from Hell Creek Formation. His second find is today displayed in New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
8. The first ever recorded footprint of T. Rex was found in 1993 in New Mexico. Another footprint was found in Hell Creek in 2007 but that is yet to be confirmed as T. Rex’s footprint. If confirmed, it will be the second T. Rex footprint ever found.
9. The most complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found is today known as Sue. Well, this unusual name for a dinosaur comes from the person who discovered the skeleton. It was paleontologist Sue Hendrickson.
10. Of all land animals that ever lived on this planet, Tyrannosaurus Rex was the one with the strongest bite. One bite of the tyrant lizard delivered 57,000 Newtons or 12,814 pounds-force!