"Tyrannosaurus rex"

 

Tyrannosaurus rex
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTyrannosaurus rex - Credit: Quadell

The most frightening and beloved of the dinosaurs has a special place in the work of Ray Bradbury. In one of his most famous tales, “A Sound of Thunder,” first published in Collier’s magazine in 1952, big-game hunters travel from the year 2055 back through time to shoot a Tyrannosaurus. “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a tribute to his friend Ray Harryhausen, the great stop-motion artist who brought dinosaurs to life in the early movies.

This is a photograph of a T. rex skeleton at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.