Damon the Daspletosaurus

Meet Damon, one of 8 members of our Tyrannosaurs exhibition family.

Damon the Daspletosaurus

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Stocky, powerful and ten million years older then is relative Scotty the T. rex, Damon the Daspletosaurus is the king predator of his generation. With heavy bones, a muscular tail and mean-looking crests above his eyes, it’s no wonder that he’s known as one of the most formidable dinosaurs in the neighbourhood.

Originally from western North America, Damon can usually be seen throwing his weight around in Alberta, Canada or Montana, USA.

No matter where he is though, his favourite pastime is using his dagger sharp, curved and saw-edged teeth to show everyone just why his name means ‘frightful lizard’. With relatively long arms, as well as the largest teeth in proportion to his size of any tyrannosaur, Damon has been known to start fights with many of his neighbours.

One fact that many people may not know is that Damon has a two-part stomach which means he’ll eat just about anything from a Centrosaurus to a Hypacrosaurus. His huge apetite proves Damon is going through a growth spurt, putting on about 180 kilograms per year, which is 10% of his final adult weight!

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Fast facts about Damon

  • Name means ‘frightful lizard’
  • Lived in Western North America (Alberta, Canada and Montana, USA)
  • Considered the king predator of his time
  • Had heavy bones, a muscular tail and mean-looking crests above his eyes
  • Had dagger sharp, curved and saw-edged teeth to show everyone just why his name means ‘frightful lizard’
  • Relatively long arms for a tyrannosaur
  • Largest teeth in proportion to his size of any tyrannosaurs
  • Some specimens sow evidence of injury from fights with other tyrannosaurs
  • Two-part stomach
  • Grew by about 180 kilograms per year, which is 10% of his final adult weight
  • Likely to have preyed on dinosaurs such as the Centrosaurus or Hypacrosaurus (duck-billed dinosaur)

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