Adam the Albertosaurus

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

Adam the Albertosaurus

Adam the Albertosaurus
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

Originally from Alberta in Canada, Adam the Albertosaurus sees himself as the most talented and popular of all the tyrannosaur family. Slimmer than his relative, Scotty the T. rex, Adam’s long tail provides him with good balance and the ability to quickly change direction.

While the feature of his natural anatomy means he quite enjoys challenging his relatives to long distance running races, Adam also loves showing off his impressive voice to anyone that will listen. In fact he can often be found down at Alberta’s Red Deer River, belting out his best roar in front of an audience of other Albertosaurus.

Adam certainly has what one could call a ‘wining smile’. Despite all these strengths however, Adam still as one thing that he is very self-conscious about. His full name is actually Albertosaurus sarcophagus, and if there’s one thing he hates, it’s sharing his name with a word used for ‘coffin’.

See Adam at the exhibition

Fast facts about Adam

  • Fossil found in Alberta, Canada
  • Had a large roar
  • More gracile stature than the T. rex
  • Long tail would have provided him with balance and given him the ability to quickly change direction
  • Had back-up teeth ready to grow if needed
  • Full scientific name is Albertosaurus sarcophagus
  • More than 1000 Albertosaurus bones have been unearthed at the Red Deer River – including 12 individuals of different ages found together

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