Tyrannosaurus rex, the #king of the terrifying lizards, the incarnation of evil – this is the image we have in our heads of the #Trex as the most famous of all #dinosaurs. But what was it really like? Since starting to analyse #dinosaur remains in the 19th century, our understanding of them has shifted from cruel, lumbering, dim beasts destined for distinction, to a much deeper understanding of what they were really like. Most scientists reckon dinosaurs originated more than 200 million years ago, pre-dating early apes, our earliest ancestors, by more than 190 million years.
Scientists have made huge leaps forward in their understanding. Their research allows us to travel back in time to imagine what these animals were like. Scientists now know that even the heaviest dinosaurs walked tens, even hundreds, of kilometres at a time. And some had highly developed brains. In addition, their diversity attests to biological success. And not all dinosaurs are extinct. The fossil record shows that birds are the modern descendants of feathered dinosaurs, that evolved from theropod ancestors during the #Jurassic Period. #museumgeneve #anthropologie #jurassicpark