New species Tyrannosaurus rex called ‘Reaper of Death’ is found in Canada, believed to have lived 80 million years ago
- An amateur fossil hunter found a skull that belongs to a new dinosaur species
- This creature, called ‘Reaper of Death’, is closely related to the T. rex
- His skull has similar characteristics to his family member and lived 80 million years ago
- Experts say the new dinosaur would be around 26ft long and would weigh 9 tons
A paleontology enthusiast has discovered a new kind of dinosaur in Canada that lived 80 million years ago and is closely related to the Tyrannosaurus rex.
This creature, called the ‘Reaper of Death’, is said to have been 30 feet long and weighed about two tons – compared to the T. rex that was about 39 feet long and weighed up to nine tons.
What led experts to conclude the relationship was the skull of the new dinosaur, suggesting that he had a high number of teeth and a long, deep snout – both features of the Tyrannosaurus rex.
The scientific name of the new species is Thanatotheristes Degrootorum, which is inspired by two Greek gods – Thanatos (Greek god of death) and theristes (someone who harvest or harvest).
A paleontology enthusiast has discovered a new kind of dinosaur in Canada that lived some 80 million years ago and is closely related to the Tyrannosaurus rex
According to the farmer and paleontology enthusiast John De Groot found the fossilized skull fragments while walking in the neighborhood of the hamlet of Hays in southern Alberta, according to Calgary CCTV News.
The discovery is one of the oldest known tyrannosaurs from North America. It is the fifth tyrannosaur species discovered in Canada, and the first in 50 years.
“The jaw bone was an absolutely stunning find,” De Groot said in a statement released on Monday.
“We knew it was special because you could clearly see the petrified teeth.”
This creature, called ‘Reaper of Death’, is said to have been the length of a school bus and weighed more than a large SUV (artist impression)
The name of the new species is Thanatotheristes Degrootorum, which is inspired by Greek gods – Thanatos (Greek god of death) and theristes (someone who harvest or harvest). And the second part of the name honors the family that discovered the fossils
This specimen is the oldest tyrannosaurus from Canada and is approximately 79 million years old, making it 12 million years older than Tyrannosaurus rex.
PhD student Jared Voris of the University of Calgary said: “It is older than T-Rex, but it seems that it was the T-Rex of North America at the time.”
“It was a species that was different from T-Rex, and it was only a few million years later that T-Rex came to North America, probably from Asia, and invaded and replaced all of the tyrannosaurus we see in North America. “
The creature’s skull, found in Alberta, has similar characteristics to the T. rex, such as a high number of teeth and a long, deep snout
Thanatotheristes gives scientists insight into the family tree of the tyrannosaurus and shows that tyrannosaurs from the cretaceous of Alberta were more diverse than previously known.
Francois Therrien, dinosaur-paleo-ecology curator at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, said, “There are few places in the world where you can boast that you have five different types of tyrannosaurs.”
“Most places – like in the United States – if you have one, two, maybe three tyrannosaurs, you are very lucky. Here in Alberta we already have five. “