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Rex is a Coelurosauravus, a prehistoric flying lizard from the Permian period, and is unusually active and intelligent for a cold blooded reptile. He was kept by Abby Maitland as a pet after he was marooned in the Present.
Rex came through an Anomaly to the Forest of Dean in the present day, and was found by Ben Trent, who contacted Wellington Zoo about Rex. When Abby Maitland arrived to take Rex to Wellington Zoo, and realised that he was not Draco volans like Ben believed, the two took him into the Forest of Dean in search of the place where Ben found Rex.
In the forest, when Rex and Abby were separated from Ben, Rex escaped Abby's grasp and glided through the air. A Gorgonopsid then arrived, but Rex and Abby avoided being seen. Abby continued to search with Rex for Ben, until the two came across a Scutosaurus and met Nick Cutter, his team and Claudia Brown. Cutter and Stephen Hart were fascinated by Rex when they noticed him.The following morning, Rex was taken back to the Home Office and examined by scientists. However, Rex escaped the lab using his flying ability, and flew through the building, avoiding the team and defecating on James Lester's shoulder, until he came to an open window. Abby tried to entice Rex with lizard food, and though Rex initially flew out through the window, he quickly returned to Abby.
The following night, Cutter took Rex with him back into the Permian through the Forest of Dean Anomaly, and let Rex fly off. However, Rex sneaked back through the Anomaly to the present just before the Anomaly closed. With Rex now marooned in the present, Abby kept him as a pet and did not tell the others about his return.
Abby kept Rex in her flat and turned the thermostat up to the warm, Permian temperatures that Rex was used to. When Connor Temple moved into Abby's flat, Abby tried to hide Rex in a glass case under a blanket from him, but Connor found Rex and realised he had returned.
When Connor left in a rush to deal with a new Anomaly incursion, he unknowingly left a window open, and Rex escaped through outside. Rex then snuck into Connor's car without the latter noticing, and thus Connor unknowingly took Rex in his car with him to Wimbledon Golf Course.
When Connor stopped the car, Rex came out onto the roof and Connor noticed him. Connor tried to coax Rex back into the car, but Rex escaped and flew off. Connor followed Rex onto a fairway, where the two were attacked by a Pteranodon. Rex managed to escape being eaten by the Pteranodon, and ran off into the woods again.
Connor and Abby later found Rex in the woods, cowering from a flock of Anurognathus that were roosting in a nearby tree. Once the Anurognathus had flown off, Connor and Abby caught Rex, and returned him to Abby's flat after the incursion was dealt with.
Rex watched as Abby taught Connor how to talk to women, and at one point Connor jokingly referred to Rex as the barman of their skit.
When Rex first met Caroline Steel after Connor brought her to Abby's flat, he took an instant disliking to her and was more aggressive towards her.
Rex later rested near Connor the next day when Connor was grieving over Abby's supposed death, and he later glided around Abby the following day when she returned to her flat.
Shortly after Connor broke up with Caroline by text, Caroline lured Rex out with a bowl of fruit and then attacked him. Rex managed to dodge and avoid the various household items that Caroline threw at him, but Caroline was ultimately able to knock him out and capture him by hitting him with a tennis racket.Oliver Leek, who decided to add Rex to his creature army and placed him in his Creature Prison.
When Leek took Connor, Abby, Caroline and Jenny to the Creature Prison's cage room to witness the feeding time, Abby found Rex in his cage and tried to reach out to him.
When the Creature Prison's security system was disabled by a computer virus, Rex was freed from his cage with the other creatures and escaped into the bunker. Rex eventually met up with Connor, Abby, Jenny and Caroline and led them to a service shaft leading out of the bunker. Rex was non-fatally shot and injured by an armed guard, and was carried out of the bunker by Caroline.
Abby prompted Rex to wake Connor up one morning by eating vegetables off of Connor's face.
When Jack Maitland was left in charge of Abby's flat and played poker with several friends there, Rex danced to music that was being played. Jack eventually resorted to betting Rex in the game, and lost him to Tony.
Tony took Rex back to his house and put him up for auction on the Internet. Connor was eventually able to force Tony to give Rex back by intimidating him with Hilary Becker and the latter's Special Forces cohorts.
When Jack stole Abby's handheld Anomaly detector, Rex caught him with it and appeared to scold Jack for stealing it.
Abby brought Rex over to Lester's flat to have Sid and Nancy, two Diictodon that were staying there with Connor, as company. Rex and the two Diictodon communicated and showed curiosity about one another.
After Connor and Abby disappeared on a mission into the Future, Rex was kept in the ARC's Menagerie after the organisation was revived. When Abby returned from the Cretaceous a year after she and Connor went missing, she went to the Menagerie and saw Rex flying and playing above the Columbian Mammoth in the Menagerie. Rex noticed Abby and the two happily reunited.Philip Burton in a lab and sent the ARC into lockdown. The system then began to gradually suck the oxygen out of the room, and so Rex and Philip slowly began to suffocate.
After Connor cancelled the lockdown, he and Jess Parker rushed to the lab, but found that Rex had already suffocated. However, Connor was able to revive Rex by placing him in a box filled with oxygen. He was subsequently returned to the Menagerie.
Due to the inconveniences of keeping and caring for the creatures in the ARC's Menagerie, Philip planned to have all of them, including Rex, put down. Abby tried to move Rex and the other creatures out of the ARC and hide them at a private zoo, but her plan was thwarted. However, Lester was able to blackmail Philip into withdrawing his plans.Future Beetles invaded the ARC and sent it into lockdown, Rex escaped the Menagerie into the ARC's car park when the Beetles started chewing through the ARC's walls. Later, when Connor programmed the First Man-made Anomaly to release a gamma ray into the ARC to kill the Future Beetles, Abby called out for Rex. Rex came to his owner, and allowed her to take him to the ARC's panic room to shelter from the gamma ray. Rex was presumably returned to the Menagerie after the lockdown was lifted and the ARC repaired.
Rex is shown to be highly curious and unafraid of his modern surroundings which is why Abby finds the need to protect him from the present world. When he was being examined by Home Office scientists, he made no attempt to escape, instead seeming to try to play with the scientists, playfully batting at their utensils. (Episode 1.1) It is possible Rex has a really good memory for a reptile, as he remembered Abby and rekindled with her despite not seeing her for a year. (Episode 4.2) After he was taken by the ARC and placed in the Menagerie, Rex is still playful and curious, but seems to be a bit unaware of his surroundings as he kept playing with Abby when a gamma ray was about to go off. (Episode 5.4)
Rex is also smarter than he seems, knowing immediately that Caroline Steel was not to be trusted. (Episode 2.4) He also bonded very quickly with Abby and will always be with her and do as she says. He even follows her out of Leek's Bunker and distracts a guard, being shot in the process, so that Abby can escape. (Episode 2.7)
- Rex is the only creature (discounting Humans) to appear in every series of Primeval so far (the Future Predators technically only appear in Series 4 in flashbacks).
Rex is based on a smaller reptile (about half Rex’s size) called Coelurosauravus jaeckeli found in Germany. His "wings" were formed by extensions of his ribs but he could not fly, only glide.
- Episode 1.1
- Episode 1.2
- Episode 1.4
- Episode 1.5
- Episode 1.6
- Episode 2.2
- Episode 2.3 (picture)
- Episode 2.4
- Episode 2.5
- Episode 2.6
- Episode 2.7
- Extinction Event (mentioned)
- Episode 3.1
- Episode 3.6
- Fire and Water (mentioned)
- Episode 3.7 (mentioned, picture)
- Episode 3.8
- Episode 3.9
- Episode 4.2
- Episode 4.3
- Episode 4.4
- Episode 5.4
- Silurian Scorpion
- Mer Creatures
- Columbian Mammoth
- Future Beetles
- Presumably several other creatures in his home time and/or the Menagerie
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|Series 3 Main Creatures|
|Series 4 Main Creatures|
|Series 5 Main Creatures|