It is not difficult to argue that the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the most iconic dinosaur of all time. With portrayals of pop culture and sci-fi films staring at the greatest actor of all time, the T. rex is portrayed as a mighty, brutal carnivore towering above his peers, but like any other animal, they would have started small. Paleontologists have recorded many, many T. rex skeletons, but very few of them are juvenile, and this is what makes the recent discovery of a "school age" T. rex in Montana so exciting for scientists.
The Remarkably Complete Fossil The Little Tyrannosaur is an unbelievable treat for its discoverers who discovered it in Hell Creek, a fossil-rich area. As reported by Live Science the researchers are still trying to determine exactly how old the young Dino was when he died, and thanks to the relatively low number of juvenile T. rex fossils in the record, it proves getting a bit challenging.
The specimen is larger than a previously discovered fossil of what was designated as three-year-old T. rex, but it is also significantly smaller than one, which was 1
Of course, "small" is a relative term when we're talking about dinosaurs, and this young T. rex would still have been an intimidating sight to have encountered in an ancient forest or in a clearing. The creature was about 17 feet long, which is obviously much shorter than the 40 feet that it would be when it is fully grown, but that's still enough to embarrass many modern animals.
"Over time You were 4 years old and the size of some of the largest land predators that exist today," said Kyle Atkins-Weltman of the University of Kansas, one of the researchers working on the new specimen Live Science . "It is hard to understand such a fast-growing animal literary, because there is nothing comparable in the modern world."
Scientists are preparing a report on the discovery that will provide more detail on the specimen and hopefully show more evidence of the animal's age and history