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Palaeontology

Giant cousin of T. rex identified

April 1, 2011 | Comment icon 3 comments



Image Credit: David Monniaux
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. They existed in North America and eastern Asia during the Late Cretaceous Period, which lasted from about 99 to 65 million years ago.


Source: BBC News | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Ritcherd 12 years ago
another interesting discovery.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Evilution13 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Still big enough for me to run from...


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