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    A first look at Scotty, the largest T. Rex to roam the earth

    A first look at Scotty, the largest T. Rex to roam the earth


    Scotty, the largest T. Rex ever discovered.

    5/15/19
    "CBS This Morning" got the first glimpse at the largest tyrannosaurus rex ever to have roamed the earth. The massive creature, named Scotty, weighed an estimated 20,000 pounds about 8,000 more than the average T. rex and will soon go on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada. Researchers don't know if it's a boy or girl, but named it Scotty because when they made the discovery, they celebrated with a toast using the only spirit on hand: a bottle of scotch. Scotty was found back in the early 1990s in Canada's Badlands, which were popular dinosaur stomping grounds, reports CBS News' Jamie Yuccas. It took almost a decade to pull it all out of the ground and it wasn't until recently that scientists realized just how big it really was. Scott Persons was at the original dig site and led the team reconstructing Scotty. He says its bones reveal Scotty had a tough ride back in Mesozoic times. "Scotty lived a hard-knock life. It's got evidence of a broken jaw, an impacted tooth, a section of its tail where the vertebrae seem to have been compressed possibly from the bite of another tyrannosaur," Persons said. "These are not injuries from a single injury in his life but from a continued life of a lot of lumps."

    Wes Long spent more than 10 years unearthing Scotty's bones from the ground and helped reconstruct the carnivorous king. "You are in awe of what you are uncovering. You will be zipping away with your air hammer and all of a sudden a piece of rock would fly off and there is like a beautiful tooth there, and you are just like, 'Wow, this thing, it's huge, like massive,'" Long said. Scientists found they had about 65% of the skeleton intact, including the skull and lower jaw; vertebrae from the neck, back and tail; and parts of the hips, leg and shoulder. All the parts make up an astonishing sight people from all over the world are coming to see. Asked why people love the T. rex so much, Long said, "Well, it's just has had that long history even in pop culture as being the big bad dinosaur, and it's just one that people could really identify with. It's just been a popular dinosaur throughout history." Scotty will go on display to the public this Friday. In addition to its size, it has other claims to fame: for instance, when it roamed the earth nearly 70 million years ago, it likely reached its 30th birthday, making it the longest-lived T. rex on record.
    This kind of discovery fascinates me. Scotty lived on an earth we would probably have some trouble recognizing. Different topography, flora and fauna


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    Re: A first look at Scotty, the largest T. Rex to roam the earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    This kind of discovery fascinates me. Scotty lived on an earth we would probably have some trouble recognizing. Different topography, flora and fauna
    Well yea, it likely could not have survived today.

    Creatures like this survived during the Late Cretaceous, a climate that was radically different than we have today. The temperatures were much higher than we have, and there were no polar ice caps at all. Sea levels were significantly higher, and there was a large sea separating the US East and West Coasts that covered most of the area between the Eastern Wyoming-Montana border almost all the way to where the foothills of the Appalachian range.

    It was much hotter, and much more humid. With Northern Alaska and Canada resembling the modern Equatorial region. Palm trees, swamps, all of that kind of climate, wildlife and plant life existed where you now find the barren tundra of Central Canada.

    In fact, other than at the peaks of very high mountains there is not believed to be any glaciation at all during that period except at the end. And that is the Turonian Ice Age, from around 90-94 MYA. That is believed to have seen a seasonal ice cap covering the South Pole itself, but not the North. Even South Argentina (which today has a climate similar to modern Ontario) was a lush semi-tropical environment.

    No, if Scotty was to jump forward to the modern age it would likely die very quickly, being far to cold for it to survive.
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