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Beautiful dinosaur discovery: Experts may have unearthed a baby Tyrannosaur fossil in Montana

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“Baby,” tyrannosaur fossil unearthed in Montana

Researchers and students of the University of Kansas discovered that there is a possible ‘baby’ tyrannosaur fossil in Montana. The rare fossil remains of a complete section of the upper jaw with all its teeth still intact, along with pieces of the specimen’s skull, feet, hips and spine.

Paleontologists in Montana have unearthed a fossil that may be the remains of a baby Tyrannosaurus rex.

Researchers and students of the University of Kansas recently unearthed fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in central Montana. The remains of a complete section of the upper jaw with all the teeth intact, as well as parts of the dinosaur’s skull, feet, hips and spine, according to the University of Kansas.

It is likely to remain part of a young Tyrannosaurus rex, who lived 66.5 million years ago, according to the researchers, but it can also belong to a different species of small, carnivorous dinosaur.

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“The teeth suggest that it is a Tyrannosaurus rex, but there is still more work to do,” said David Burnham, preparator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute. “As a young t-rex is so rare, there are only a few that have been found over the years, so it is difficult to distinguish what are the changes as a result of the growth, or if the differences in the bones reflect different species.”

University of Kansas researchers found in the fossil glowed under a black light

(David Burnham)

He noted that the University of Kansas is fortunate that it is an older T. rex to use as a comparison with the last to be found, and a young T. rex on the loan.

University of Kansas paleontologists are now analyzing them and plan to return to the Hell Creek Formation. “We’re going to go out again this summer — we go right to that spot,” He said. “We think and hope that there is more there.”

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The researchers hope to publish their results in the coming months.

The University of Kansas excavation of the crew at work

(David Burnham)

Paleontologists are shedding new light on the time of the dinosaurs. An incredible dinosaur path, for example, which still shows the traces of a baby dinosaur, was discovered on NASA’s Space Flight Center. Experts also recently announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in Egypt, the mark of an important prehistoric link between prehistoric Europe and Africa. The fossil remains of Mansourasaurus shahinae, a school-bus-sized dinosaur, were found in the Sahara desert.

Other finds are the fossilized remains of a small duck-sized dinosaur with rainbow feathers were recently discovered in China. Experts also found the remains of a turkey-sized dinosaur in south-Eastern Australia, while the 150 million year old fossil remains of a birdlike dinosaur found in Germany.

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Last year, vandals destroyed a dinosaur footprint in the rock at a renowned paleontology site in Australia.

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