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Giant cousin of T. rex identified

Posted on Friday, 1 April, 2011 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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A large predatory therapod dinosaur similar to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered.

Named Zhuchengtyrannus magnus it is thought to have been four metres tall and eleven metres long while weighing six tonnes. "There is no doubt that Zhuchengtyrannus was a huge tyrannosaurine," says Dr David Hone of the University College in Dublin. "With only some skull and jaw bones to work with, it is difficult to precisely gauge the overall size of this animal."

"Tyrannosaurines are a specialised group of gigantic theropods - a group of dinosaurs that likely evolved into modern birds."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Ritcherd on 1 April, 2011, 14:45
another interesting discovery.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Evilution13 on 2 April, 2011, 2:29
Fearsome. A 'Z-Magnus'. Luckily these things didn't evolve side by side with mans early homonid ancestors. 'Man' would have struggled to cope with this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Realm on 2 April, 2011, 3:59
Still big enough for me to run from...


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