The final view.

Blender3D Historical posted on Jul 31, 2022
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The very last thing many creatures saw in the late Cretaceous period was this: a Tyrannosaurus Rex bearing down on them. I have had this guy on my hard disk for a while but forgot about him. Yesterday I remembered so I ported him across to Blender and started putting this together. I didn't have much time so maybe I'll do better images of him in the future. Still it was a pleasant break from work, and I hope people enjoy it. I appreciated having so many plants appropriate for the image, some now long extinct and some still with us. Product credits below if you want to acquire some of them, and I recommend every one of the products linked, they are all superb. You might want to go look at them and play at spotting them all; in all that dense growth it will be a challenge to pick out all of them successfully. Like most of the dinosaurs depicted in the Jurassic Park movie, T-Rex did not exist during the Jurassic, only arriving on the scene in the late Cretaceous. A lot is known about T-Rex because it was so common, being certainly the apex predator of its time and leaving many more fossils than any other theropod. Examinations of the muscle attachment points on T-Rex skulls have led to the belief among experts that T-Rex had the highest bite pressure of any land animal that ever lived. It also had a very wide optic nerve channel in the skull, which suggests exceptional eyesight, and unlike this model the real T-Rex had true binocular vision with 55 degrees of overlap between the eyes — more than a hawk has. And no, keeping still wouldn't help you. The auditory nerve channel was also large, and the cochlear chamber was enormous, suggesting great hearing and an ability to detect low frequencies at extreme range. This could exceed the hearing capabilities of a modern African elephant, which can detect calls of other elephants at more than three miles in ideal conditions. To add to all this examining the shape of the brain cavity shows that the T-Rex olfactory centres, which interpret scent, took up a much larger percentage of the skull space than is normal for reptiles. So it could hear your heartbeat at thirty yards, see you miles away and probably smell you even further away. Good luck escaping that combination. Another amazing snippet is is that the brain cavity of a T-Rex was proportionally larger than many other dinosaurs, so he was probably a cunning hunter as well as having all those physical advantages. The final terror though, is that there is some evidence, not conclusive but fairly convincing, that T-Rex hunted in packs! Are they kidding? Apparently not... All this makes me really glad that 65 million years separates us from the T-Rex and his contemporaries. You probably didn't read all that, but have fun looking at the image and thanks for looking...

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FurNose 10:58AM | Sun, 31 July 2022

I thought, the last presumption of the paleontologists was, that the T-Rex was rather a scavenger than a real predator??? Probably we will never really know... and anyway I^'m glad too, that they are extinct now! One of those in the Kremlin is sufficient. 😉

Absolute stunning Render! Well done

fireangel 11:19AM | Sun, 31 July 2022

Most palaeontologists never agreed that T-Rex was a scavenger, and with good reason. It was far too well adapted for hunting, and ground scavengers don't need amazing eyesight or hearing, just a good sense of smell. Plus as far as I know all land animals that are primarily scavengers are small.

And Hyenas are primarily hunters, most of what they eat they kill themselves just before they eat it, or they steal it from another predator just after the kill. So no, they aren't an exception either.

Thanks for viewing and commenting, I'm glad you like it.

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