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Date:11/22/2014 9:12:06 AM
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I hope mom feels better today. This is no time to get sick! I promised you T Rex, and here he is! The first pic shows the type specimen of T Rex. This is the first one ever described in the scientific literature, so he is the one everyone compares to their T Rex finds. (Our museum has 5 type specimens on display in Dinosaur hall.) The 4th pic gives you an idea of his size, although no small pic could ever do him justice! The guy on the right in that pic is called Peck's Rex, he is a cast of one on display in Montana. The second pic shows him head on, I sure wouldn't want to run into this guy! You can see his teeth, some of them are a foot long(crown and root). The third pic shows his relationship to US! That is a wishbone you're looking at! It kind of looks like a boomerang on top of the sternum or breastbone, doesn't it? This guy stands 16 feet tall at the hips, but still has bird like feet, the s curve in the neck, and all the other 100 characteristics that tell us we are dinosaurs. A really neat thing about him is found on his jaw bone, I hope you can see it. There are some circular holes in his jaw. This is caused by a protist called Trichomonas, and the condition is called trichomoniasis. How do I know? Well, where mom works at the wildlife center, they still treat raptors like Great horned owls for this same condition! If nothing else has persuaded you, maybe the fact that these guys got bird diseases will do just that. There's so much to say about T Rex, the largest carnivore ever to live on land. We're sure you've heard most of it before, but one thing the Peck's Rex has taught paleontologists is that these guys didn't live as long as previously thought. They've aged this one as between 30 and 35 at death, but a close analysis of his bones show evidence of senescence--he has bone cysts and some traces of arthritis. So, he was an old animal at 30! They've found 2 types of Rex in North America, a more gracile one and a robust one. If mom had a guess, she'd say the more gracile one is the male, and the more robust one the female, because she would have been defending the nest. We know that T Rex had feathers as a hatchling, and may have kept some into adulthood, probably for sexual display. This may mean only the males kept them. They could have been on the face, the head, or the tail. Some paleontologists today are even picturing them covered with feathers as adults, although when skin imprints have been found, they look more bare and scaly. Tomorrow we will do another animal or 2, but I wanted you to see this great one today! Thanks for your support all month long, I know it was probably hard to get here and vote each day. Whether I win or not, I've had a great time showing you Dinosaurs in Their Time. Here's a hug and vote for you today. See you tomorrow, Gizmo
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