Children are fascinated by dinosaurs.
They love learning about all the different species that existed across the Mesozoic Era – their outlandish looks and sheer size simply fascinate young minds. That is why we have a number of courses on dinosaurs and fossils aimed at children in Reception all the way through to pupils in the Key Stage two age range. Of course, the most popular and thrilling dinosaurs for young learners is Tyrannosaurus rex.
Here’s some T-Rex trivia to help enliven your classes:
1. The name Tyrannosaurus rex means “king of the tyrant lizards”
2. ‘Tyrannosaurus’ comes from the Greek words meaning ‘tyrant lizard’, while the word ‘rex’ means ‘king’ in Latin.
3. Tyrannosaurus rex lived in the late Cretaceous Period, around 66 million years ago.
4. The giant measured up to 13m (42ft) in length and could be as much as 4m (13ft) at the hip.
5. The skull of a full-grown Tyrannosaurus rex measured up to 1.5m (5ft) long.
6. It could weigh more than seven tonnes.
7. Recent studies suggest that, contrary to past assertions, T-Rex probably didn’t have feathers on parts of its body.
8. To date, the largest tooth of any carnivorous dinosaur ever excavated belonged to a T-Rex. It was 30cm (12in) long when including the root.
9. T-Rex roamed an area of the Earth that we now know as western North America.
10. There is some debate about whether Tyrannosaurus rex was a predator or scavenger – some scientists believe its small arms would have made it hard to grip prey, suggesting it may have been a scavenger.
11. Other researchers says that the amount of muscle attached to the arm bones suggest that the arms were strong. Theories as to their use include holding prey close to the jaws when eating, and helping T Rex to get up from the ground.
12. Over 50 T-Rex specimens have been discovered. The most extensive and best preserved is nicknamed Sue, who was auctioned for US $8.3 million in 1997 and is now a permanent feature at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.
To find out more about our KS2 courses on dinosaurs, please call us on 0800 112 3192.