Mankind has been on Earth for a tiny fraction of its history. Before we even existed, the world had seen life evolving and thriving for many millions of years. Go way back in time, and the Earth was a very different place to what it is now and was home to some very different creatures. Perhaps the most famous of all are the dinosaurs; ancient reptiles that once dominated the planet. The dinosaurs were as diverse as animals on Earth are today. Many of these were small, while some were the largest land animals ever to live on the planet. Fossil discoveries have really caught our attention, and they have been popular in literature and fiction ever since we first discovered them.
It is widely accepted that the dinosaurs were made extinct by a giant meteor that would have changed the planet’s atmosphere. The changes were so sudden that the dinosaurs had no time to adapt. Some did survive, and they are the ancestors of birds that are common on Earth today.
These wondrous creatures have really caught the imagination of people from all walks of life and of all ages. Many different species have been discovered, and here’s a look at the 10 most popular of all.
Popular Dinosaur #10: T-Rex
The Tyrannosaurus rex is considered by many to be the king of dinosaurs. In fact, the name ‘rex’ means ‘king’ in Latin. These giant predators roamed the Earth during the late Cretaceous period, about 66-68 million years ago. Fossils show that the T-rex would have reached up to around 40 feet long and around 12 feet high at the hips. Estimates put their weight at around 8-14 metric tons. It was not the largest of the carnivorous dinosaurs, but it is perhaps the most famous.
It is estimated that the T-rex had the most powerful bite of any land animal that has ever lived, which is quite a title to hold. It walked on two legs and would have been able to run at around 25-43 mph. It would have used its thick, powerful tail as a counterbalance to help steady itself when walking and running. It was a fearsome hunter and would have dominated its range.