A Real-Life Indominus Rex

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We always viewed the Tyrannosaurus rex as the king of dinosaurs, but then Jurassic World introduced the Indominus Rex, which stood 50 feet long. Jurassic World, of course, is fiction, but scientists have found and assembled something close.

Scotty, as it is named, stands 42 feet long, and weighs somewhere between 19,400-19,555 pounds (9.8 tons). These measurements, which were published in a scientific journal called The Anatomical Record, making it the most massive T-rex found and comfortably larger than a fully-grown make elephant from Africa.

The T-rex skeleton was found in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan which borders Montana and North Dakota to the north. It’s dated to the Cretaceous Period, about 66 million years ago.

“This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences, said in a press release. “There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust.”

“Scotty is the oldest T-rex known,” Persons continued. “By which I mean, it would have had the most candles on its last birthday cake. You can get an idea of how old a dinosaur is by cutting into its bones and studying its growth patterns. Scotty is all old growth.”

Scotty is estimated to have lived over three decades, which makes it the oldest-living T-rex to date.

“By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a violent one,” Persons added. “Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries.

“This is the rarest of rare dinosaurs,” Gregory Erickson, a paleobiologist from Florida State University who was one of the study’s authors, said in an interview Wednesday. “We have a full, grown adult.”

The skeleton was first discovered in 1991, but because it was encased in hard sandstone, took more than a decade to remove the bones. And it wasn’t until recently that scientists have been able to fully assemble and study Scotty and realize how special it is. But before Scotty came along, the previous biggest T-rex found was Sue, which was found in South Dakota in 1990.

The name Scotty came from the celebratory Scotch researchers drank in a toast to their finding which will be put up on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum next month. You can read more about this story on Fox News.


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