Tyrannosaurus (Tyrant Lizard) has been nicknamed T Rex in the popular media. It was a carnivore, mostly a scavenger, from the late Cretaceous period of 68 - 65 MYA. "Cretaceous" originates in the latin word "creta" meaning chalk when many fossils dating from this time were found in limestone rocks. It averaged 13 metres in length and 5 metres high at the hips. The head was huge (1.2 metres long) with powerful jaws and large serrated teeth capable of crushing bones. Its weight was in the range of 5,000 to 7,000 kgs. The pelvis was fused to the backbone for additional support. T Rex walked and ran with its back parallel to the ground. It possessed small arms/hands with 2 fingers/claws that were nevertheless powerful. It was warm-blooded.
This photograph was taken at the Indodra Fossil and Wildlife Park in Gandhinagar.
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