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My big teeth you have — the better to eat you with.
Fossils of a newly discovered giant, meat-eating dinosaur that was one of a group of “shark-toothed” dinosaurs have been found in Thailand. Known as the Siamraptor suwati, the apex predator is estimated to be more than 26 feet long, and weigh at least 3.5 tonnes, according to Reuters.
“In addition, the phylogenetic analysis showed that the Siamraptor, it is a basal taxon of the Carcharodontosauria, which will be a new face of the paleobiogeographical framework of this group,” the study abstract reads. “Siamraptor is the best-preserved carcharodontosaurian, one in the South-east Asia, and it sheds new light on the early evolutionary history of the Carcharodontosauria.”
Siamraptor the skull, and the reconstruction. (Credit: Chokchaloemwong et al. 2019)
T. REX WAS A HUGE, STIFF SKULL WHICH IT USES TO DEVOUR ITS PREY
According to a statement on the announcement of the results of the studies, the “place of a skull, spine, legs, and hips, from at least four individual dinosaurs have been identified.”
“In the teeth of carcharodontosaurs, including Carcharodontosaurus, showing the characteristic undulations of the surface along the edges of the thin, blade-like, shark-tooth,'” paleontologist Soki Hattori of the Prefecture, Fukui University, said in an interview with Reuters. “This can also be seen in the Siamraptor of the body.”
Siamraptor is a member of a group of dinosaurs called carcharodontosaurs. The most well-known member of the group is to Carcharodontosaurus, Latin for a “shark-toothed lizard.” It is estimated to have reached 45 feet long and weighed more than 18,000 pounds.
By way of comparison, the Tyrannosaurus rex is arguably the most feared predator ever to walk the Earth, have attained to 40 feet in length and may have weighed up to 15 tons.
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The study has been published in the scientific journal PLOS One.
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