I read this book when I was a pre-teen, definitely before 1988 and probably before 1984, in English, in the USA.

I think that the book may have been some sort of "Choose Your Own Adventure" or "Pick a Path" book, maybe even a "Time Machine" story. It's definitely not from a Gamma World RPG novel or TSR product, although it may have shared some stylistic elements.

The only thing I really remember from the story is that the main character (a young or teenaged boy) was walking through an ancient overgrown forest/jungle, and he encountered a Tyrannosaurus Rex that had a long trunk, like an elephant.

I think there may have been an illustration, too, showing the creature, but I'm not certain of that.

I don't think that the creature featured prominently in the tale; as best as I can recall it was a brief throwaway encounter, the creature showed up, scared the main character, then was never seen again -- although I suppose I should say that I'm not sure about that either.

I'm sorry that there's so little to go on, but it's my hope that a "T-Rex with an elephant-like trunk" is a memorable enough detail to ring a bell for somebody.

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    Could you add a few more details, even if they sound irrelevant? It would greatly help us in identifying it, @AlexBates . Aug 15 '17 at 12:03
  • @HarryWeasley - if I knew any more details, I'd post them! I'm fairly sure that the protagonist was a teenage boy, but I can't swear to it. I'm also fairly sure that he was alone, but, I'm not sure about that, either. It might have been about time travel or dimensional travel, but I'm very uncertain about that - it might have been a post-apocalyptic tale, too. I asked on a Gamma World page, and was pointed to the "Delta Fragment" sourcebook as having guys in power armor fighting T-Rexes, but, nobody could tell me if there was a T Rex with a trunk in it. I'm still looking.
    – Alex Bates
    Aug 19 '17 at 6:16
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    Yeah, I did search the net, but nothing definitive turned up. Still searching! Aug 20 '17 at 16:13
  • Interesting bit of follow-up - I posted this question on a Gamma World page, and James Ward himself (the creator of Gamma World!) commented to say that it was definitely not a TSR or Gamma World product. So, that eliminates some possibilities. I do still think that it may have had a "Gamma World" (lots of weird mutants everywhere) sort of style to it, but if so it was not specifically a TSR or Gamma World product.
    – Alex Bates
    Aug 24 '17 at 2:38

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