New Tyrannosaurus Found in Canada
Two fossilised skulls discovered on Canadian soil proved a charm to researchers trying to figure out what one of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex’s cousins must have looked like when having first prowled the badlands of Alberta. Not that the guy now officially named “reaper of death” had a kind demeanour to start with. In fact, the meat-eating monstrous face is more than deserving of his (or her!) allotted name.
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Scientific name Thanatotheristes degrootorum, Alberta’s reaper of death is a smashing 795 million years old; or least it would have been had it not been for extinction. This makes the reaper of death officially the oldest species of tyrannosaur known to have inhabited the region described as northern North America; a region that includes Canada and part of the United States of America. The latest discovery furthermore marks the first new discovery of its kind to have been made on Canadian soil in all of 50 years.
Intimidation Was Its Game
According to lead researcher Jared Voris, at a majestic eight feet tall, the creature would have been every bit as intimidating as what it had been remarkable. Measuring roughly 8 metres long from crown to toe, the latest Canadian supposed to have dominated all that lived and breathed, furthermore came issued standard with a set of razor-like teeth measuring some 7 centimetres long each.
Not unlike the rest of his famous family, the reaper of death appears to have had various bumps on his skull and these are without a doubt what would have afforded the species its absolutely terrifying and monstrous appearance. But considered completely unique to the reaper of death was a set of ridges that ran vertically along the length of its snout. Voris said that the team has not yet been able to figure out exactly what the ridges were for.
A Surprise Repeat Discovery
The reaper of death was in part discovered by Alberta residents John and Sandra de Groot. The Canadian couple had discovered some of the remains of the creature on the banks Southern Alberta’s Bow river.
The 2010 discovery was relayed to the local Royal Tyrell Museum by the De Groot couple but according to Voris, it wasn’t until he was shuffling through some of the collections held at the museum that the realisation had dawned upon him that a brand new species had been discovered and on Alberta soil to boot.