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.

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

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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.

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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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