The 80m-year-old fossil of Lythronax argestes was found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the desert of southern Utah. The
two-legged carnivorous beast was eight metres long and weighed around 2.5 tonnes. It had a head full of sharp teeth and lived during the Late
Cretaceous period, between 95m and 65m years ago.
The animal lived in a place scientists call Laramidia, an island of swampy, subtropical land that stretched from Mexico to Alaska. It formed
on the western side of a sea that flooded the central region of North America between 95m and 70m years ago.
And here's a nifty video directly from the Natural History Museum of Utah with some further details.
Just thought I'd share this significant dinosaur find.
flag and star and a geese for a well presented and quite informative OP. I once killed a tyrannosaurus rex that was eating the neighborhood cats, and
it looked pretty similar to the new discovery. Thanks for the thread!
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Thanks for the comment and kind words. So, you killed a T rex? That certainly brings up a lot of questions. You must live in some Land of the Lost
or Valley of Gwangi type world. Perhaps Alligator/Crocodile country? Can't really feel bad for those cats though....sorry.
Hmm, the manbearpig relation is one I'll have to investigate further. Although, I'm a little frightened to go anywhere near Al Gore's imagination.
Yes, the artists depiction of our Gore King here is a bit odd looking and I'm sure a little creative license may have been used. However, it's my
understanding that those protruding upper teeth may have something to do with the U-shaped upper jaw and the narrower lower jaw as well as the
presence of incisors. I guess tyrannosaurids had overbites, with the lower jaw fitting up inside the upper jaw.
I too would hate to have anything remotely close to this chasing after me. It would not be a pleasant experience. Thanks for commenting.
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