Is this picture: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Trex_skell...

Of the REAL bones of a t-rex or is it just a reconstruction?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yeah, looks like a very nice reconstruction. Genuine fossils are made of stone that replaced the actual bones of the animal through the process of mineralization. As a result, fossils are very heavy (they're solid rock). So mounts using real fossils require heavy metal armatures that are quite noticeable. Replicas of fossils can be made of very light materials which allow for much lighter and less obtrusive frames to be used. This T rex almost looks like it's made of bronze. If so, it'd be a statue in need of no armature at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know for certain, but, as the previous poster said, there's no evidence of an external supporting armature which is typically used in supporting the actual fossils.

    However, "Sue," the world's largest, most complete, and best preserved T-Rex (displayed at the Field Museum in Chicago), is composed of the actual fossils, except the skull, which was too heavy for the display's supporting armature.

    You can ask directly about the T-rex at the Smithsonian national Museum of Natural History (the one in the picture you posted) through the following link:


  • 1 decade ago

    just a reconstruction

    you can see it shine on the nose there which mean it a reconstruction if you take a picture and it doesn't shine, it mean that it real

  • 1 decade ago

    probably a model made from the cast of real fossils- if it were the actual fossils that thing would weigh about 10 jillion pounds or 4.5 jillion kilograms

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its a reconstruction. look at the teeth.real Trexes wouldn't

    have black tips.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is a reconstruction.

  • JRR
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago


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