Tyrannosaur found down under

by mdr on Mar. 26th, 2010

Evidence of tyrannosaurs found down under: Typical end-of-the-Cretaceous massive Tyrannosaurus rex on display at Albuquerque's  New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. A smaller ancestor of the beast has been unearthed in Australia.
Evidence of tyrannosaurs found down under: Typical end-of-the-Cretaceous massive Tyrannosaurus rex on display at Albuquerque's New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. A smaller ancestor of the beast has been unearthed in Australia.Courtesy Mark Ryan
A hip bone discovered in Australia is the first fossil evidence that tryannosaurs lived in the southern hemisphere. The fossil was discovered in Dinosaur Cove, in Victoria by scientists from Great Britain. Only 9 feet long and weighing less than two hundred pounds, the southern tyrannosaur was a mere shadow of its 5 ton, 36 foot long descendant, Tryrannosaurus rex, which ruled the northern landscape 65 million years ago near the end of the Cretaceous Period. The Australian dinosaur lived some 45 million years earlier, at a time when the continents were still in the process of splitting apart from a supercontinent. Read more here.

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