A fossil from the world’s largest T-Rex has ever been discovered in Canada, proving that dinosaurs were larger than previously thought.
Nicknamed ‘Scotty’, the dinosaur was found at a fossil site in Canada and is estimated to have weighed a whopping 19,500 pounds while still alive.
The remains found consisted of about 65 percent of Scotty’s skeleton, including his skull, bone bones, hips and ribs.
Unfortunately for poor Scotty it seems that he did not have the healthiest of life, with a growth between two of his teeth indicating that he had an infection, and broken tail bones possibly due to the bite of another tyrannosaur, National Geographic reports.
However, it is thought that Scotty reached a great age of 28, enjoying the tropical paradise of Canada some 68 million years ago.
In a report entitled “An Older and Exceptionally Large Adult Specimen of Tyrannosaurus Rex” in The Anatomical Record, study leader Scott Persons, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta, stated that the discovery showed that dinosaurs were probably larger than previously thought paleontologists.
More than 20 fossils of individual T-Rex have been discovered so far, making it one of the best-represented extinct dinosaurs.
Scotty was first excavated in 1991 at a site in Saskatchewan, but it has taken more than twenty years to fully uncover and understand its remains.
Because his bones were stuck in the hard rock, it was hard to take them out, but when they were finally released, Person’s team went to work, which is not over yet.
The person is still studying the bones and is currently concentrating on the dinosaur’s eye combs and “horns” on the side of his skull.
The big thing everyone’s talking about is how big this individual is, but my favorite part of the copy is actually the smaller details – the little pieces of craziness.
Soon you can see the amazing Scotty himself, because his bones will be on display in May at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, Saskatchewan.