Teenage T. Rex Unearthed by Three Kids Rewrites Dinosaur History

Teenage T. Rex Unearthed by Three Kids Rewrites Dinosaur History
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Pale­on­tol­ogy just got a whole lot younger! Three adven­tur­ous kids from North Dako­ta – Liam and Jessin Fish­er, along­side their cousin Kaiden Mad­sen – unearthed a ground­break­ing dis­cov­ery that’s rewrit­ing the sto­ry of Tyran­nosaurus Rex. Their find, a remark­ably rare juve­nile T. Rex fos­sil, is rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing our under­stand­ing of these icon­ic predators.

The tri­o’s pre­his­toric adven­ture began dur­ing a sim­ple hike in North Dako­ta’s Hell Creek For­ma­tion in July 2022. Ini­tial­ly mis­tak­ing the bones for a com­mon duck­bill dinosaur, 12-year-old Jess­in’s keen eye rec­og­nized the true significance. 

Con­sult­ing with fam­i­ly friend Dr. Tyler Lyson, a pale­on­tol­o­gist at the Den­ver Muse­um of Nature & Sci­ence, the group embarked on a deep­er exca­va­tion, uncov­er­ing a juve­nile T. Rex – a once-in-a-mil­lion find.

Esti­mat­ed to be 13–15 years old and weigh­ing around 3,500 pounds, this excep­tion­al spec­i­men offers invalu­able insights into T. Rex growth pat­terns. “Under­stand­ing how a T. Rex trans­formed from a chick-sized crea­ture into an 8,000-pound behe­moth requires juve­nile fos­sils,” Dr. Lyson explains.

Their incred­i­ble jour­ney is immor­tal­ized in the upcom­ing doc­u­men­tary “T. Rex,” nar­rat­ed by Juras­sic Park’s Dr. Alan Grant (Sir Sam Neill). Releas­ing on June 21st, the film promis­es to cap­ti­vate audi­ences with this awe-inspir­ing dis­cov­ery. Pro­duc­er Andy Wood reflects, “Chron­i­cling a T. Rex dis­cov­ery in real-time – who would have thought?”

The young pale­on­tol­o­gists’ excite­ment is infec­tious. “I can’t wait for my friends to see the movie,” says 9‑year-old Liam, “They still don’t believe I found a T. Rex!”

This remark­able find by the Fish­er broth­ers and Kaiden Mad­sen is a tes­ta­ment to curios­i­ty, per­se­ver­ance, and the endur­ing mag­ic of nature. It reminds us that ground­break­ing dis­cov­er­ies can be made by any­one, even the most unex­pect­ed explorers.

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