Man Sized Species of Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovered

Posted by on April 23rd, 2009

A species of tyrannosaur discovered in Western China in recent days stands up as tall as an average human, much smaller than its more recent and well known descendant T-rex. Cooler still, Xiongguanlong baimoensis, is an intermediate species between smaller ancestors and the massive man eating beast we all know and love:

So, the meat-eating biped also fills the size gap that accompanies the time gap in the fossil record, falling between small ancestors such as Guanlong wucaii — a lithe, half-meter–high creature that lived about 160 million years ago — and multiton behemoths such as Tyrannosaurus rex, which stood about 4 meters tall at the hips and lived between 68 million and 65 million years ago.

-Check out the whole article at Science News.

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