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How T. rex Came to Rule the World

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Tyrannosaurus rex was a dinosaur that lived up to its name. If you were to visit its haunts between 68 and 66 million years ago, you wouldn’t find another carnivore quite like it. Growing up to 40 feet long and weighing as much as nine tons, the dinosaur was far larger than any other meat-eater of the time. And that’s strange. In other times and places, habitats were full of carnivorous dinosaurs of all sizes. How did the “tyrant lizard” come to stomp out the competition?

The way T. rex grew up holds the key. At this week’s virtual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference, scientists have pointed out how the big, meat-munching dinosaurs had a disproportionate effect on the landscape just by how they aged during their…



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