Saturday, August 02, 2008

Triassic Polish Tyrannosaurid? Or Just Theropod?

Paleontologists digging in a brickyard in southern Poland have discovered the remains of a dinosaur they say is a previously unknown ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The predator dinosaur, given the working name "the Dragon," lived around 200 million years ago, team member Doctor Tomasz Sulej of the Polish Science Academy, told Reuters.

It was five meters (yards) long and moved on two legs. Its longest teeth were 7 centimeters (2 inches) long.


The paleontologists will continue examining the bones and fully document the discovery before they decide what name to give to the new dinosaur. They will exhibit the findings in Lisowice on August 7, Sulej said.

At the same site the group also found a dicynodon -- a reptile which was a direct predecessor of mammals.

"We are almost certain that "Dragon" hunted animals like this herbivorous dicynodon, which looked like hippopotamus but was much bigger," Sulej said.

An alleged triassic tyrannosaurid and a dicynodont! An uber sized dicynodont. Get ready for the publication then. wow. This ought to be interesting. We were just talking about Deep Dinosaur Diversity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is not an tyrannosauroid, but probably tetanuran, because of teeth shape and advanced built of braicase:)