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PALEONEWS:Researchers find what may be largest known meat-eating dinosaur
Researchers find what may be largest known meat-eating dinosaur
"You always think of these things as being solitary -- now we know
they traveled in packs," said Philip Currie, one of two scientists to
make the discovery. He works with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta,
Currie said the newly discovered species lived about 100 million years
ago, and was heavier and had slightly shorter legs than the T-rex, which
roamed North America. It had a tail and short front legs that were
The dinosaur also was characterized by a long, narrow skull and a jaw
shaped like scissors. That suggests it could have dissected its prey
with an almost surgical precision, "where the Tyrannosaur had a
nutcracker skull," Currie said.
Researchers estimated the meat-eating giant was 45 feet long, bigger
than the reigning king of the carnivores, the 41-foot Giganotosaurus.
The better-known T-rex was about 40 feet long.
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(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)