If you were to be asked, “What is the first dinosaur that you can name?” most people would probably say, a T-Rex. This is not surprising, as the dinosaur is very legendary in many ways, and the T-Rex they found previously in Canada has now been determined to be one of the biggest ever.
The towering Tyrannosaurus Rex that was discovered in western Canada in 1991 has been determined to be the world’s largest in recorded history. A team of paleontologists determined this in a statement on Friday after decades of research and the reconstructing of the skeleton.
Nicknamed “Scotty,” for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed the night it was discovered, the T-Rex was measured at 13 yards long and probably weighed more than 19,400 pounds, making it bigger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, the team from the University of Alberta said in a statement.
“This is the rex of rexes,” said Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences.
“There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust,” Persons said.
While the giant carnivore’s skeleton was discovered in 1991, it took more than a decade just to remove the tough sandstone that had covered the bones for millions of years.
Now, after being able to research the bones after clearing off the dust, they have been able to conduct more research, and they found that Scotty’s uniqueness wasn’t just limited to his size.
“Scotty is the oldest T-Rex known,” and lived into its 30s, Persons said.
“By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a violent one,” Persons said. “Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries.”
In May, an exhibit will open featuring Scotty at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
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