The remains of most of the dinosaurs that were able to break apart even the largest of animals, usually found in the USA. However, fossils of ancient predators also full in Canada. For example, over the last 50 years there were found the bones of gorgosaurus, whose name can be literally translated as “terrible lizard.” Also in 1970, there have been excavated the remains of the so-called daspletosaurus is a close relative of the bloodthirsty tyrannosaurs. To the surprise of scientists, a canadian land holds the remains of many other ancient creatures. Recently, in the canadian province of Alberta was excavated fossils of another predator, which was obviously stronger and fiercer t-Rex, shown in the film “Jurassic Park”.
About the new discovery of paleontologists was told on the website of the Royal Tyrrel Museum (Canada). Excavated dinosaur was given the name Thanatotheristes degrootorum, which literally can be translated as “the grim Reaper”. This is a clear hint that the predator possessed a great force, and attacked both on herbivores and other predators. We can say that he stood at the top of the food chain and he had practically no enemies — he made all the fear.
The most dangerous kind of tyrannosaurs
It should be noted that “Reaper of death” was considered the most dangerous only in the Cretaceous period that ended 66 million years ago and is considered the last stage of the dinosaur era. In other periods the time of the dinosaurs could live and more ferocious creatures. One of them was a dinosaur, Allosaurus Jimmadseni, who with the help of its 80 teeth could tear apart even a huge stegosaurus and the Diplodocus. But what are the prominent characteristics possessed new Thanatotheristes degrootorum?
According to the calculations of a group of scientists under the direction of paleontologist Jared Voris, the growth of the ancient “Reaper of death” was about 2.4 meters. The length of the dinosaur from the tip of the nose to tail was about eight meters. Sounds impressive and intimidating, doesn’t it? If you consider that the predator also had dozens of 7-inch teeth, the imagination does an image of a monster.
Unlike other tyrannosaurs, Thanatotheristes degrootorum had a number of unique features. For example, in the upper jaw of the predator is adorned with vertical ridges, the purpose of which scientists still know nothing. In addition, “Reaper of death” was hollow with a rounded, swollen edges, and a pronounced sagittal crest, which is a bone formation in the upper part of the skull.
It is noteworthy that paleontologists made the above conclusions based only on the 80-centimeter fragment of the skull of a dinosaur. A complete skeleton of an ancient predator is still not found, but if it were, scientists would be able to tell about the bloodthirsty monster more interesting information.