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Palaeontology

Scientists discover 'Pinocchio' dinosaur

May 7, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments



A Tyrannosaurus rex skull. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux
The long-nosed Pinocchio rex is believed to be part of the same family as Tyrannosaurus rex.
With an elongated head filled with razor-sharp teeth this late Cretaceous predator would have been no less of an effective killing machine than its more famous cousin. Both species were thought to have lived alongside one another around 66 million years ago.

"It might have looked a little comical, but it would have been as deadly as any other tyrannosaur, and maybe even a little faster and stealthier," said Dr Steve Brusatte.
The new species was discovered after workmen unearthed a complete skeleton at a construction site and took it to a local museum. While the remains of two juvenile tyrannosaurs with elongated skulls had been previously identified it hadn't been clear that they belonged to a different species until now.

"Although we are only starting to learn about them, the long-snouted tyrannosaurs were apparently one of the main groups of predatory dinosaurs in Asia," said Professor Junchang Lu.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Did its nose grow when he told a lie?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hida Akechi 8 years ago
Did its nose grow when he told a lie? More likely he was made out of wood and moaned about being a real boy.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ROGER 8 years ago
I would love to see a DNA comparison with the U.S. Rex named " Sue " . Are they different races or different species .
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hida Akechi 8 years ago
,,,can DNA be gotten from fossilized bones?
Comment icon #9 Posted by beelzebufo 8 years ago
,,,can DNA be gotten from fossilized bones? No, unfortunately. DNA does not survive the fossilization process. Otherwise we'd probably already have cloned dinosaurs running around.
Comment icon #10 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 8 years ago
So now we have T. rex falsus and T. rex verus....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hida Akechi 8 years ago
No, unfortunately. DNA does not survive the fossilization process. Otherwise we'd probably already have cloned dinosaurs running around. That's what I thought, but maybe some sort of magical breakthrough was done recently that I hadn't heard of; that's why I questioned ROGER's statement instead of shooting it down.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Rogue Suga 8 years ago
So the idea from "Jurassic Park" of extracting dinosaur DNA from amber couldn't happen? http://www.unmuseum.org/dnadino.htm
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hida Akechi 8 years ago
So the idea from "Jurassic Park" of extracting dinosaur DNA from amber couldn't happen? http://www.unmuseum.org/dnadino.htm Correct. It can't happen. At least not right now. Who knows in the future... Besides, I'm more of a fan of the dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic. That's where the cool ones are!!!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
A great find, much like the universe, we think we know most things about the dinosaurs and 'tadaa' no you don't here is another thing you have never seen. lol


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