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Spinosaurus vs. T. rex Scene

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The Spinosaurus vs. T. rex scene is a scene in Jurassic Park III. It features a fight between Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus. Because the Spinosaurus won the fight, the scene became very infamous among fans.

Title Edit

The scene is called "Spinosaurus vs. T.Rex" by MovieClips.

Video Edit

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Plot Edit

In Jurassic Park III, a Spinosaurus strands the film's main characters on Isla Sorna by causing their plane to crash. Afterwards, the characters escape, only to bump into a sub-adult bull Tyrannosaurus rex, who is eating a kill. The T. rex then, inadvertently, chases the characters back to the Spinosaurus.

While the characters flee in panic, the two giant theropods battle each other. After a couple of taunting roars at each other, and nearly stepping on Alan Grant, the Tyrannosaurus grabs the Spinosaurus by the neck with its mouth and slams it to the ground. The rex then swings the Spinosaurus around for a short while and made it knock down a big tree, until the Spinosaurus breaks free and tries to bite the giant carnivore. The Spinosaurus then bites the rexat its upper right thigh and slash at its ribcage, and the latter headbutts each other and slam at each other, only to be stunned for a few seconds. Around now some Compys can be seen running across the ground. Allegedly, the Spinosaurus would then grab the T. rex by the neck, and in one fluid moment, he twists it, snapping the neck. The Tyrannosaurus falls to the ground dead, and the Spinosaurus roars in victory.

Accuracy Edit

WARNING: This is not a place for fans to express their outrage on the scene. All edits have to be constructive and sourced.

The fight in this scene was designed by paleontologist Jack Horner. The T. rex was the main dinosaur during the two previous movies. This created the common misconception among the general public that the T. rex was the largest carnivorous dinosaur. By 2001 it was known that theropods like Carcharodontosaurus, Giganotosaurus and Spinosaurus was larger than the Tyrannosaurus, but the general public was oblivious to this. Spinosaurus was chosen to replace Tyrannosaurus rex because it was the largest.

In the extra material Jack Horner explains:

The Spinosaurus was and is the biggest meat eating dinosaur that ever lived.
We don't know how ferocious any dinosaur really was, all we have are their 
skeletons. If scale the ferocious factor on the length of the animal, there was 
nothing that ever lived on this planet that could match this creature 
Spinosaurus. Also my hypothesis is that T.rex was actually a scavenger rather 
than a killer. Spinosaurus was really the predatory animal.

Influence Edit

Operation Genesis
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The fight between Tyrannosaurus rex and Spinosaurus appears frequently in post-JPIII media.

  • The cover of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis features the fight. the fight itself can also occur within the game itselves, but the winner can vary and also the fate of the carnivore can also vary, as sometimes the Rex or Spino will survive the battle by being scared away or they can be killed in battle.
  • The Lost World theme park of Universal Studios Singapore features the statues of a fighting T. rex and Spinosaurus.
  • There are often many recreations of this famous, controversial scene all over the internet, most of them being updated with the Tyrannosaurus winning, since it angered so many Jurassic Park/dinosaur fans and also because Spinosaurus jaws were weaker than Tyrannosaurus.



  • In some shots some scars can be seen on the Tyrannosaurus' face.
  • The time T.rex is going to attack Spinosaurus in its hips a tree hits it.
  • Originally this scene was supposed to be longer between both T. rex and Spinosaurus. Extended parts of the fight can be seen in the special features of the Jurassic Park III DVD.
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