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Curious Kids: how do we know if a dinosaur skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur?

  • Written by Caitlin Syme, PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology, The University of Queensland
This T. rex is very big, but was it a grown-up?Shutterstock

When you find dinosaur skeletons, how can you tell how old the dinosaur was? Like, if the skeleton is from a child dinosaur or an adult dinosaur? – Henry, aged 8.


Hi Henry, that’s a good but tricky question.

There are a couple of ways we can try to tell how old a dinosaur was...

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