You’ve seen computer-generated versions in the Jurassic Park films, you may have seen models in museums or theme parks, but an exhibit that opened in Paris on Wednesday lets visitors come face-to-face with the real thing: a genuine Tyrannosaurus rex.

With her enormous teeth frozen in a sinister grin, “Trix” is the first real T.rex skeleton to go on display in France, according to the National Museum of Natural History.

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One of the most complete Tyrannosaurus skeletons in the world, with 75 per cent of her bones in “excellent form”, according to the museum, the 67-million-year-old dinosaur is 12.5 metres (41 feet) long and 4 metres (13 feet) high.

A Dutch team found the specimen in Montana, US with her skull intact, according to the museum, which says the exhibit is “the first time a real T.rex skeleton, not a moulding or a reproduction, is presented to the public in France”.

“What this T.rex gives us is a huge amount of information about how it lived, and especially we can observe a lot of injuries, fractures and bone infections,” palaeontologist Florent Goussard says.

The specimen will be on show at the Paris museum until September.

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