T-Rex Ring 3D print model
Who doesen't love an bit of ancient creatures?
- The first time T. rex was discovered... But it doesn't count! Marsh, in the back center, posing in 1872 with his fossil assistants armed with guns. Marsh was Copes arch rival during the Bone Wars. They would go as far as blowing up each others fossil finds with dynamite. Othniel Marsh, in the back center, posing in 1872 with his fossil assistants armed with guns. Marsh and Cope were arch rivals during the Bone Wars. They would go as far as blowing up each others fossil finds with dynamite. This is Image is Public Domain in the U.S.
The discovery of T. rex begins during the Bone Wars of the late 1800's. In 1892, during the heat of the bone wars between Edward Cope's and Othniel Marsh's fossil hunting armies, Cope discovered two partial vertebra. He haphazardly studied them and made the assumption they came from a new ceratopsid dinosaur. He named it Manospondylus gigas, which means Giant Porous Vertebra. Cope then continued his frantic and reckless pursuit of dinosaur specimens and this new beast was all but forgotten for over 100 years.
Onward to over 100 years later... In 2000, Peter Larson from the Black Hills Institute found the spot where the original Manospondylus gigas was discovered. They excavated and found more of the original animal. Larson realized the animal Cope described over one hundred years ago is a T. rex!
Since Manospondylus gigas is the actual first T. rex discovered, the name T. rex would normally be deemed invalid and all T. rex's would become M. gigas. However, the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), which has the rules to naming animals, did an update in 2000. Any name that has been published enough and has been considered valid for 50 years can't be replaced by an older name. Since, T. rex fits these rules, the tyrant lizard king dinosaur will not be renamed.
How these creatures could get this size on meat alone is really amazing.
This ring is made for a size T and should weig around 13 grams in silver when finished.
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