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Mini-Museum of Geology & Natural History,
Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus


Tyrannosaurus

The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) museum has acquired--via a gift from museum curator, Ray Garton, and his wife Mary Ellen--the life size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) skull. The skull is 50 inches long, 36 inches high, and 36 inches wide. This replica was cast from an original partial skull that was reconstructed by paleontologist in Canada where Ray obtained the skull in a field trip in 1999. Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the best known dinosaur to the public in the world. Visitors to the museum can get eye to eye with the top predator on the late Cretaceous period at about 67 to 65 million years ago. T. rex was up to 40 feet long, 13 feet tall at the hip, and weighed as much as 6 tons. The skull is filled with up to 66 replaceable teeth up to 13 inches long, including the root.

tyrannosaurus, skull (left) skull (left)

tyrannosaurus, skull (right) skull (right)

tyrannosaurus, skull (front) skull (front)

tyrannosaurus, skull (back) skull (back)

tyrannosaurus, teeth (close-up) teeth (close-up)

  Museum Curator: E. Ray Garton: Curator@PrehistoricPlanet.com

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