Dinosaur Profile: Tyrannosaurus Rex (Infographic)

Learn about T. rex's massive teeth, bones, habitat and other dinosaur secrets.
Learn about T. rex's massive teeth, bones, habitat and other dinosaur secrets. (Image credit: Ross Toro, Livescience contributor)

Tyrannosaurus rexT. rex for short — lived during the upper Cretaceous Period, 67 million to 65 million years ago, toward the end of the Mesozoic Era. The name tyrannosaurus rex means "king of the tyrant lizards.”

The animal's length was about 40 feet (12 meters). Height was 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 meters). Weight could top 9 tons (8,200 kilograms). 

T. rex ate mostly meat. Its favorite meals were probably herbivorous dinosaurs including Edmontosaurus and Triceratops.

Tyrannosaurus had a massive 5-foot-long (1.5 meters) thick skull and its 4-foot-long (1.2 meters) jaw could easily crush bones. Serrated, conical teeth were most likely used to pierce and grip flesh.

Its strong thighs and long, powerful tail helped T. rex move quickly. The animal was able to run at speeds of up to 15 mph (24 kph).

T. rex had about 200 bones, roughly the same number as humans.

Fossils of different Tyrannosaurus species have been found in Montana, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, as well as Canada (Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Mongolia in Asia.

Some scientists consider the Mongolian variety of Tyrannosaur fossils to belong to a separate species, "Tarbosaurus bataar."

Ross Toro
Infographics Artist
Ross Toro is a contributing infographic artist for Live Science. He specializes in explanatory graphics that deal with science topics. Ross is a former art director of the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and United Press International. He teaches Filipino martial arts when not dabbling in cartoons and animation.