Lythronax Argestes: ‘King Of Gore’ Joins T Rex Family Tree

 

 

 

 

” A newly-discovered dinosaur, which has been christened “King of gore” by the scientists who have studied it, is the oldest known member of the dinosaur group that gave rise to the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.

The 80m-year-old fossil of Lythronax argestes was found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the desert of southern Utah. The two-legged carnivorous beast was eight metres long and weighed around 2.5 tonnes. It had a head full of sharp teeth and lived during the Late Cretaceous period, between 95m and 65m years ago.”

 

 

 

” Lythronax, which derives from the Greek words lythron (gore) and anax(king), had a short, narrow snout, forward-pointing eyes and a wide back to its skull – similar in shape to its later relative T rex. The second part of the animal’s name, argestes, is derived from the Greek poet Homer’s south-west wind, a reference to the geographic location of the fossil.

Palaeontologists had thought that this type of tyrannosaurid dinosaur only evolved around 70m years ago, but the Lythronax discovery pushes the earliest appearance of these creatures back at least 10m years.”

 

 

   The Guardian has the full story .This is very cool stuff and it is the second great paleontological find announced this week .First in the Gobi desert and now in Utah . You can read more about T-Rex’s “Bad Grampa” here , here , here and here .