Introducing Tyrannosaurus Rex
The Tyrannosaurus Rex, often dubbed T. rex, was one of the largest land carnivores. It lived approximately 68-66 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period.
Anatomy of a Predator
Despite short arms, the T. rex had a muscular body, a massive skull, and jaw muscles capable of delivering a bone-crushing bite force of up to 12,800 pounds.
T. rex had extraordinary sensory organs. Recent discoveries suggest highly developed vision and olfactory senses, enabling it to detect prey over great distances.
Growth and Lifespan
T. rex had a rapid growth spurt during adolescence. Studies of bone tissue indicate they could live up to 28 years and weighed up to 9 tons.
Social Behavior Mystery
It's debated whether T. rex was solitary or social. Some fossil sites show multiple individuals, suggesting possible pack behavior or family groups.
The Feathers Debate
Recent evidence implies juvenile T. rex might have had a coat of feathers. This challenges the traditional scaly depiction and suggests thermoregulation adaptations.
Extinction and Legacy
The T. rex met its end after the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, likely caused by a meteor impact. Today, it remains an icon of prehistoric life and research.