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Re: 1933 Kong "T. rex" actually an Allosaurus?

On 8/14/05, Guy Leahy <xrciseguy@prodigy.net> wrote:
> To all Dinolisters,
>Does anyone
> know where the identification of the 33' Kong theropod
> as T. rex originated?  I guess this explains the three
> fingers... :-)

It was probably meant to be T. rex from the start.  Ol' Tyrannosaurus
was often depicted with three fingers back then (look at the old
National Geographics) -- palaeontologists didn't know any better since
no forelimb material was known at the time.  (Of course, they should
have since the forelimb of Gorgosaurus had been described a couple of
decades earlier.  Oh well.)

Jordan Mallon

BScH, Carleton University
Vertebrate Palaeontology & Palaeoecology

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