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Tyrannosauroidea
Temporal range: Middle Jurassic–Late Cretaceous
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Tyrannosaurus rex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Subsection: Tyrannoraptora
Superfamily: Tyrannosauroidea
Osborn, 1906
Type species
Tyrannosaurus rex
Osborn, 1905
Subgroups

Tyrannosauroidea (or tyrannosaurids, meaning "tyrant lizards") was a family of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaurs which comprises two subfamilies containing up to six genera, including the eponymous Tyrannosaurus. The exact number of genera is controversial, with some experts recognizing as few as three. All of these animals lived near the end of the Cretaceous Period and their fossils have been found only in North America and Asia. Although descended from smaller ancestors, tyrannosaurids were almost always the largest predators in their respective ecosystems, putting them at the apex of the food chain. The largest species was Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest known land predators, which measured up to 16 metres (52 ft) in length[citation needed] and up to 18 tons in weight.[2] Tyrannosaurids were bipedal carnivores with massive skulls filled with large teeth. Despite their large size, their legs were long and proportioned for fast movement. In contrast, their arms were very small, bearing only two functional digits. Unlike most other groups of dinosaurs, very complete remains have been discovered for most known tyrannosaurids. This has allowed a variety of research into their biology. Scientific studies have focused on their ontogeny, biomechanics and ecology, among other subjects. Soft tissue, both fossilized and intact, has been reported from one specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex. There are track ways showing pack behaivor

Groups

Primitive Tyrannosauroids

Primitive Tyrannosaurids

Albertosaurinae

Tyrannosaurinae

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