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Jurassic Park III gave dinosaur fans the battle of the century through a Spinosaurus VS T. rex fight scene. Both ferocious and formidable, yet only one can be the winner.
But though Spinosaurus appears to have easily beaten the T. rex, who’s the stronger dinosaur in real life? That’s what we’ll find out in this article as we compare these two dinosaurs.
Come on and let’s break it down.
Spinosaurus VS T. rex in Real Life
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It all comes down to the nitty-gritty when it comes to comparing prehistoric creatures. So, let’s take a closer look at these two theropod dinosaurs and see for ourselves what makes each one different from the other.
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First up is the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur, the Spinosaurus! It has only six known specimens. Despite that, it hasn’t failed to bring on its A-game with the first partial remains that have been found in Western Egypt in 1912. The first Spinosaurus fossil was unfortunately destroyed during World War 2 but later discoveries have more than made up for its loss.
Its tall spines, narrow skull, and narrow snout are the perfect combination for an epic dinosaur. Majority of paleontologists suggest that Spinosaurus was able to walk on two legs when it was on land while also being able to efficiently swim. But some scientists still believe that Spinosaurus possibly walked on four legs.
The Jurassic Park star is estimated to have reached lengths of up to 59 feet and weights up to 46,076 lbs! Only a few dinosaurs rival this heavy-weight champion’s stats, and one of them is the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Spinosaurus lived during the Cenomanian stages of the Late Cretaceous period 99-93 million years ago where it reigned as the king of ancient riverbeds in Northern Africa. It ate fish on the daily and small to medium-sized land animals that unwittingly found themselves on its path to securing a good lunch.
How did scientists come to suggest that Spinosaurus was probably a piscivore? One of the specimens found of the Spinosaurus in North Africa was conical teeth. They were ideally shaped for gripping food such as slippery fish and rightly fit its long skull.
Spinosaurus has also had its fair share of the limelight. This dino has starred in shows like Monsters Resurrected and Bizarre Dinosaurs.
How does this all compare to the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex? Let’s find out in the next section.
Tyrannosaurus rex Characteristics
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Unlike the Spinosaurus, T. rex specimens are one of the most abundant fossils scientists have to date. The “tyrant king” has 32 skeletons credited to its name making it one of the world’s most well-known species.
The earliest specimen was T. rex teeth found around Golden, Colorado by Arthur Lakes in 1874. Then an exciting new discovery in 1900 was made by Barnum Brown. The assistant curator from the American Museum of Natural History unearthed history’s first-ever partial skeleton of a T. rex!
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Imagine discovering a species no one has seen before and looks none like you’ve ever imagined. What a sight that must have been! Then the second skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus was discovered in 1902 and was finally named by Henry Field Osborn in 1905.
Predatory dinosaurs like the T. rex were born with enough brains and brawn to make them apex predators and the Mesozoic Era’s last dinosaurs standing. It lived 68-66 million years ago during the Upper Cretaceous period. It thrived in the Maastrichtian age before the mass extinction caused by the K-Pg extinction event.
The tyrant king’s grit, strength, and larger-than-life looks captured people’s imaginations like no other. The children’s TV character Barney even took its inspiration from the T. rex. On top of being an inspiration in popular culture, it’s one of the stars of Jurassic Park 2: The “Lost World” on top of Jurassic Park 3.
That’s no surprise because who wouldn’t be awestruck by a 40-foot tall and 30,000-pound reptile standing on two legs? Its huge head and clawed fingers add to its fearsome appeal too. The skull alone measures five feet already, just as long as a human! That makes the T. rex an awesome animatronic dinosaur to recreate.
Along with such a large skull comes a strong bite force. Did you know the bite power of a T. rex is the strongest among all terrestrial animals? Scientists Karl Bates and paleontologist Peter Falkingham estimate a T. rex’s bite is around 12,800 pounds. That’s enough to crush a car!
Now, does it look like the T. rex is stronger between the two dinosaurs? Let’s take a second look at Jurassic Park 3 in the succeeding segment and see how these characteristics could have possibly played out.
The Legendary Jurassic Park III Spinosaurus VS T. rex Battle
Here’s the video showing the Spinosaurus VS T. rex epic battle at Isla Sorna in Jurassic Park 3. And the winner of the epic battle was the Spinosaurus! It was game over the moment the Spinosaurus landed a decisive bite on its rival’s neck. Alan Grant was right to have been frightened.
It’s a fantastic fight to witness on the silver screen but the Tyrannosaurus may have been the more accurate winner because of its bite force and animal instincts. Body structure may be a huge factor too as the T. rex had a huge muscular neck capable of wielding a head with powerful jaws and a heavy tail that balances its large body.
Spinosaurus VS T. rex Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Primal Carnage also has an awesome production which you can play above. It shows a cool battle between the Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus. Then check out the section below where we answer your most pressing Spinosaurus VS T. rex questions inspired by the Jurassic Park movie.
Is Spinosaurus stronger than T. rex?
Spinosaurus may not have been stronger. Why? Because it wasn’t able to adapt well to lateral bending. It’s also more lightly built despite having similar physical features like short forelimbs and powerful legs. It may not have been able to withstand the strength of the Tyrannosaurus.
Can a Spinosaurus defeat a T. rex?
In reality, the answer is most likely no because a Tyrannosaurus is much more powerful than a Spinosaurus’. Its bite power alone is a good example. Additionally, this could never have been possible in reality because the Spinosaurus lived millions of years earlier than Tyrannosaurus.
Which dinosaur is stronger than T. rex?
A fellow Tyrannosaurus would be the commendable rival to its strength.
What dinosaur killed the T. rex?
The Spinosaurus was the dino that killed the rex in Jurassic Park 3.
Check out this awesome battle between two T. rexes. It would be fun staging your own dino battles with your friends! You can make it happen with your own realistic dinosaur costumes.
And that’s a wrap! The iconic Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the stronger dino compared to the Spinosaurus because of its strong bite, formidable body, and ferocity.
What do you think? Are you Team Spinosaurus or Team T. rex? Let us know in the comments below.
See you next time!