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Huge new meat-eating dinosaur unearthed

By T.K. Randall
March 7, 2014 · Comment icon 9 comments

Torvosaurus had teeth up to 10cm long. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux
Torvosaurus gurneyi is believed to be the largest predator ever to roam across the European landmass.
Measuring up to 10m in length and weighing in at as much as 5 tonnes, the Jurassic behemoth would have proven a formidable sight around 150 million years ago.

The dinosaur was discovered when fossilized bones were unearthed to the north of Lisbon in Portugal. Despite its similarities to the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, the two species were from different eras and would have never run in to one another.
"We all know about T. rex, but Tyrannosaurus was a Cretaceous animal," said study co-author Prof Octavio Mateus. "Our dinosaur was Jurassic. The difference in age is striking - it's 80 million years. So, when T. rex walked on Earth, Torvosaurus was already a fossil."

With teeth measuring 10cm in length and a size and strength unrivaled among other predators of the time, the newly discovered Torvosaurus would have remained at the very top of the food chain for several million years.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by coolguy 10 years ago
Awesome find and I bet there was one bigger then this one. It's great when they find new dinos
Comment icon #2 Posted by Xanthurion2 10 years ago
I was expecting bigger. Dinosaurs are awesome.
Comment icon #3 Posted by aquatus1 10 years ago
I love how they named it after a sci-fi/fantasy author.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kahtra 10 years ago
Whoa! I wonder if this is the biggest beast out there at the time, or will larger bones be discovered? Time will tell. Hopefully the fossils last long enough for us to find them.
Comment icon #5 Posted by aquatus1 10 years ago
Well, it was smaller than the T-Rex, but it did live there about 100 million years later (I think), so I think it was the biggest in its time.
Comment icon #6 Posted by keninsc 10 years ago
I wonder how much of it they actually found. I'm just curious how much they had or had to extrapolate in order to come up with the size?
Comment icon #7 Posted by dharma warrior 10 years ago
T-Rex was so mean cause his mom couldn't give him hugs.
Comment icon #8 Posted by aquatus1 10 years ago
In all fairness, biology had something to do with that.
Comment icon #9 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart 10 years ago
oh oh ohh this dinosaur has to be in the next jurassic park movie.. it has toooooo!!


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