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Newly Discovered Giant Dinosaur Species May Be Closest Known Relative of T. rex

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A newly discovered giant dinosaur species may be the closest relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, and could even represent the moment that the genus experimented with a huge body.

The new species was recently described in the journal Scientific Reports by paleontologist Sebastian Dalman and his colleagues. It was a mighty carnivore that lived in North America around five million years before T. rex.

Named Tyrannosaurus mcraeensis, proof of its distinction came from examinations of parts of the animal’s fossilized skull, which was previously discovered at the Hall Lake Formation in New Mexico.

Although the remains were initially assigned to T. rex and are comparable in size to its 30-foot-long body, the research team say that they belong to a new species due to the presence of multiple “subtle” differences in the shape of, and joins between, the skull bones of the specimen and T. rex.

Based on the locations of the remains in relation to rocks and other dinosaur fossils, the researchers suggest that T. mcraeensis may have lived between 71 and 73 million years ago—between five and seven million years before T. rex.

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Teen Finds Whale Skull from 34 Million Years Ago While Fossil Hunting in Alabama

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Like many kids, Lindsey Stallworth from Alabama loves a day out to look for sharks’ teeth. But on one such trip, it was a far bigger, far older discovery that awaited her.

Stallworth was with her high school biology teacher, but it was the young student who noticed some small bone fragments embedded in soft rock. Following them up a hill, they turned up the nearly complete skull of a 34-million-year-old whale.

Stallworth has been looking for sharks’ teeth on her family farm since she was little, and after her first biology class at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, she learned her new teacher, Andrew Gentry, was a paleontologist.

Showing him a plastic bag of some of the teeth she had found over the years, one in particular caught Gentry’s eye, and he was curious to look in the area where she’d found it.

Not long ago geologically speaking, Alabama was covered in shallow seas, and it’s why Stallworth finds shells and sharks’ teeth nowhere near the beach. She invited Gentry to come along on a fossil hunt on the farm, and it’s where they found the staggering discovery.

“To find one that’s this complete is actually very rare,” Gentry told NBC 15’s Andrea Ramey. “We’re very excited by the fact that we got the majority of the skull out and that there is more of the skeleton left to uncover, which could give us the complete animal.”

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Portuguese Man Accidentally Finds 82-Foot-Long Dinosaur in His Backyard

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While doing renovations on his property, a Portuguese man stumbled upon a fossilized sauropod that might be the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Europe.

It all started in 2017. While carrying out construction work, the owner of the property in central Portugal noticed the presence of several fragments of fossilized bones in his yard. He called scientific authorities, and last month they unearthed several “important” skeletal elements of a beast that may have been 82 feet long (25 meters).

“It’s one of the biggest specimens discovered in Europe, perhaps in the world,” Elisabete Malafaia, a paleontologist from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, tells Agence France-Presse.

So far, an important set of elements of the axial skeleton has been collected from the site, which includes vertebrae and ribs.

“It is not usual to find all the ribs of an animal like this, let alone in this position, maintaining their original anatomical position,” Malafaia adds in a statement. “This mode of preservation is relatively uncommon in the fossil record of dinosaurs, in particular sauropods, from the Portuguese Upper Jurassic.”

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Largest Dinosaur Skull Ever Discovered Going on Display–A Torosaur Named Adam

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Denmark is celebrating the opening of its first dinosaur museum by shipping over the largest dino skull ever found.

Once, the enormous, 10-foot-long dome belonged to a male Torosaurus that weighed over 6.5 tons. It’s the largest skull of any known land animal ever recorded.

The beast, affectionately called “Adam” was found in the United States and shipped overseas to the Museum of Evolution in Denmark for its grand opening to be exhibited alongside “Big Joe” the best-preserved Allosaurus skeleton ever found, as well as one of the world’s twelve Archaeopteryx skeletons, called the most important fossil in the world as it proved the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds.

Denmark is celebrating the opening of its first dinosaur museum by shipping over the largest dino skull ever found.

Once, the enormous, 10-foot-long dome belonged to a male Torosaurus that weighed over 6.5 tons. It’s the largest skull of any known land animal ever recorded.

The beast, affectionately called “Adam” was found in the United States and shipped overseas to the Museum of Evolution in Denmark for its grand opening to be exhibited alongside “Big Joe” the best-preserved Allosaurus skeleton ever found, as well as one of the world’s twelve Archaeopteryx skeletons, called the most important fossil in the world as it proved the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds.

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Denmark is celebrating the opening of its first dinosaur museum by shipping over the largest dino skull ever found.

Once, the enormous, 10-foot-long dome belonged to a male Torosaurus that weighed over 6.5 tons. It’s the largest skull of any known land animal ever recorded.

The beast, affectionately called “Adam” was found in the United States and shipped overseas to the Museum of Evolution in Denmark for its grand opening to be exhibited alongside “Big Joe” the best-preserved Allosaurus skeleton ever found, as well as one of the world’s twelve Archaeopteryx skeletons, called the most important fossil in the world as it proved the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds.

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