Friday, February 10, 2006

Jurassic Jewels

Scientists in China find a Tyrannousar that lived lived during the Jurassic period.
The new species, found in Xinjiang province in northwestern China, lived around 160 million years ago. This makes it more than twice as old as T. rex, and the most primitive known member of the family.

At just 3 metres long, the creature is a small relative of T. rex, which could reach a mighty 13 metres. But its gaping, beak-like face armed with teeth, and its powerful legs, show that it too would have been a ferocious killer.
Okay, so maybe my Photoshop pic is not exactly to scale ...sue me. Here's one more to scale.