This Fact About When Dinosaurs Lived Will Make You Go “Whoa”

Deep time is weird.

1. This is a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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2. And this is a Stegosaurus.

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3. They both lived millions of years ago.

4. But did you know we live way closer in time to T. rex than T. rex lived to Stegosaurus?

5. T. rex lived 67–66 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period. Stegosaurus lived in the Late Jurassic period, which was 155-150 million years ago.

That’s a gap of over 80 million years between T. rex and Stegosaurus, and just 66 million years separating us from T. rex.

6. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, dinosaurs were just a blip in time.

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Dinos roamed the Earth between 230 and 65 million years ago. So far, we’re an even smaller blip – the first hominids emerged 2 million years ago.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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