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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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Jurassic Park 3 10) Movie CLIP - Spinosaurus vs. T-Rex (2001) HD

Video by MovieClips

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. Unmoving, Dr. Grant tells the group to not move a muscle. The T. rex roared at the group, causing them to run away, with Dr. Grant trailing behind and the Tyrannosaurus chasing them. The T. rex chased them into the clearing where the Spinosaurus, having finally caught up, was waiting. The group managed to find a safe place to hide, but Dr. Grant fell and found himself stuck in a ditch between two fallen logs.

The Spinosaurus roared at the Tyrannosaurus aggressively, while the Tyrannosaurus gave a loud bellow in return. The T. rex almost crushed Dr. Grant under his foot, but the logs combined with the ditch held strong enough, and saved Dr. Grant from being crushed. At first, the male Tyrannosaurus had the upper hand of the fight, able to grab onto the Spinosaurus neck and bite deep into it and shove it to the forest floor. After regaining its focus, the Spinosaurus freed itself from the T. rex jaws, after knocking down a tree which nearly crushed Amanda and Paul Kirby.

The Spinosaurus roared and snapped at the Tyrannosaurus which was backing up, roaring back. The two predators bit and snapped at each others flanks, and the Tyrannosaurus managed to charge at the Spinosaurus, pushing it forward. The Spinosaurus recovered quickly from the blow, and managed to out-maneuver the Tyrannosaurus and bite deep into his neck. Bellowing in pain, the T. rex groaned out in agony as the Spinosaurus gripped his neck with it’s arms and snapped the sub-adults’ neck, killing him instantly. As Dr. Grant managed to escape, he was almost crushed again as the freshly-killed Tyrannosaurus body tumbled to the ground, and the Spinosaurus placed it’s claws on the belly and watches as the group manages to flee, giving out a deafening roar

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 were 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. My hypothesis is that T.rex was actually a scavenger rather than a killer. Spinosaurus was really the predatory animal."

Inaccuracy Edit

We now know Spinosaurus was a fish eater so it would not be able to snap the Tyrannosaur's neck so easily. Also, the T. rex's bite at the beginning of the fight would have made it won because it had one of the strongest bites of of all time and would have broken the Spinosaur's neck. They also would have never met as Spinosaurus lived in North Africa 95 mya (million years ago) and Tyrannosaurus rex lived in the Western USA 65 mya. 

Influence Edit


Operation Genesis

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 itself, but the winner can vary and also the fate of the carnivore can also vary, as sometimes the T. rex or Spino will survive the battle by being scared away or they can be killed in battle.
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T-Rex vs. Spinosaurus

Primal Carnage trailer.

  • The Lost World theme park of Universal Studios Singapore features the statues of a fighting T. rex and Spinosaurus.
  • There are many recreations of this famous scene. Examples are the fan made film Prime survival and the trailer of Primal Carnage. In most of these recreations the Tyrannosaurus wins the battle.



  • 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, the 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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