Official Tyrannosaurus model by Sergi Suriol
Species: T. rex
Length: 12.3-13 metres long
Weight: 6-10 tonnes
When it lived: Late Cretaceous, 68-66 million years ago
Where it lived: USA (Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota & Wyoming) and Canada (Alberta & Saskatchewan)
Tyrannosaurus needs no introduction. As the most famous dinosaur of all time, it has become a household name, and for good reason: it was truly the ultimate terrestrial predator. Tyrannosaurus is noteworthy for its unprecedented mass, reaching up to 10 tonnes, making it the largest terrestrial carnivore ever. While other theropod predators, such as Carcharodontosaurus, Mapusaurus, or Spinosaurus, may have been equal or exceeded it in length, none reached the remarkable bulk of Tyrannosaurus.
Tyrannosaurus was more than well-armed for hunting. Its eyesight and sense of smell were extraordinary. Its arms, despite being puny, were unusually strong. And best of all, it had evolved bone-crushing jaws so powerful that its bite force would have been equivalent to the entire animal sitting on you. Unlike the jaws of, say, Allosaurus, which were designed for tearing flesh, Tyrannosaurus' bite was designed to crush bone. This emphasis on girth and brute strength shows that this animal was specifically evolved to hunt the powerful and bulky hadrosaurs, ceratopsians, and ankylosaurs it shared its world with.
Tyrannosaurus will be the main focus of Dinosauria's final episode, showing the last hurrah of a mighty and scarred old male, demonstrating that this predator was much more then a ferocious killing machine.