Dinosaur Collection - Tyrannosaurus Rex

Late Cretaceous, North America

Undoubtedly the most well known and awe inspiring dinosaur of them all was Tyrannosaurus Rex, a 48 foot long carnosaur. With his massive head, powerful jaws and 7 inch backward pointing serrated teeth, he certainly must have struck fear into the hearts of those dinosaurs unfortunate enough to be in his presence 65-70 million years ago. The function of the tiny arms on rex has not been well understood. They are too short to reach the animal's mouth, so were probably of no use when eating. One possibility put forth is that the arms assisted the giant reptile when standing up from a position of of repose. The tail was probably held rigidly and served as a counterbalance when running. With his large powerful legs, T. rex was probably capable of short bursts of up to 40 mph. Most likely, the animal ambushed his prey using the element of surprise to bring it down.

This medallion was sculpted by Don Everhart as part of the Fossil Collection of the Society of Medalists. Don has been recognized for his artistry and leadership, and served as the President of the American Medallic Sculpture Association for the term 1992-1994. He began his artistic career as an illustrator, then worked as a Sculptor-in-Residence at the Franklin Mint. In 1980 he established his own studio and he has been elected as a Sculptor Member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society.

The packaging for this medallion is reminiscent of the crates archeologists might use to ship fossils uncovered in the field. The pine box slides open to reveal the contents, and the outside is stamped "Dinosaur Fossils" and "Handle with Care".


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