T-Rex Dinosaur (Tyrannosaurus Rex)

by TerriRexson

The T-Rex dinosaur is one of the best known prehistoric carnivores. Find out all about Tyrannosaurus rex.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

T-Rex to his friends

The Tyrannosaurus rex or T-Rex dinosaur is one of the best known dinosaurs in popular culture. 

In this article we'll get to know T-rex a bit better. My son loves playing with his T-Rex toys and learning facts about his favorite dinosaur so I thought I'd share what we've learned. 

T-Rex Dinosaur Poster

A T-rex for your bedroom?

T-Rex Facts

  1. T-Rex is a therapod dinosaur - most therapods are big meat-eating dinosaurs. 
  2. T-Rex was pretty big, some specimens would have been over 20 feet tall. For a long time T-Rex was thought to be the biggest carnivore. But other bigger meat-eating dinosaurs have been discovered since. 
  3. T-Rex was one of the last dinosaurs to live. He lived from around 67-65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous time period - the last era in the dinosaur timeline
  4. T-Rex fossils have been found across a wide area of North America. He was an American dinosaur. 
  5. Scientists think that T-rex had a lifespan of up to 30 years. 

Why is T-Rex so Popular?

So why is T-Rex so popular?

Well, one of the reasons is that T-Rex lived mostly in North America. Everyone likes a local dinosaur so T-Rex became very popular in the US and spread through Western culture. I'm from the UK and T-Rex is better known here than many of our British dinosaurs

Another reason is that T-Rex is a big meat-eating carnivore. This makes him very popular with children, especially small boys like my son who thinks Tyrannosaurus is the best dinosaur ever. 

T-Rex was also one of the last dinosaurs to live. There were Tyrannosaurs walking the earth at the time of the dinosaur extinction. T-Rex is well represented in the fossil record so scientists have found many near complete specimens. So we know quite a lot about T-Rex compared to some other dinosaurs. 

And finally, Tyrannosaurus rex sounds really cool as a dinosaur name doesn't it! And T-Rex is a nice simple abbreviation that even little kids can say. 

T-Rex is the Best Dinosaur

According to my son, age 4.5

My preschooler son thinks T-Rex is the best dinosaur ever. Mostly because he was a big meat-eating carnivore. He likes the carnivores best of all and loves to see a Tyrannosaurus with lots of sharp teeth showing!

My son not unusual in being fascinated by Tyrannosaurus, he's one of the most popular dinosaurs with kids and has been for many years. 

T-Rex Books

Great gifts for T-Rex fans
Age of Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus Rex
Creative Paperbacks
Only $9.99
The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs (Princeton Field G...
Princeton University Press
$29.63  $2.96

Tyrannosaurus on Wikipedia

Tyrannosaurus is a genus of theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex, commonly abbreviated to T. rex, is a fixture in popular culture. It lived throughout what is now western North America, with a much wider range than other tyrannosaurids. Fossils are found in a variety of rock formations dating to the Maastrichtian age of the upper Cretaceous Period, 67 to 65.5 million ...

One of our favorite T-Rex Clips

A brilliant clip from the BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs. This is one of our favorite T-Rex clips. It shows a mother T-Rex going on a hunt to feed her babies. 

T-Rex and lots more dinosaurs on DVD

The Complete Walking with... Collection
BBC Warner
$19.94  $99.99

T-Rex - attack of the dinosaur - BBC

Is T-Rex the Best Dinosaur?

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Updated: 07/14/2011, TerriRexson
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Jimmie on 07/15/2011

Those terrible teeth are so scary! I am fascinated by the dinosaurs.

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