A 76-Million-Year-Old Skeleton Has Been Found In Utah, And It’s A Truly Unprecedented Discovery

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Image: ДиБгд at Russian Wikipedia

Teratophoneus curriei strode across the planet in the Late Cretaceous period, some 77 million years ago. It belongs to the same family of meat-eating dinosaurs as the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex. But while the latter dinosaur is more well known, the former has by far the more gruesome name.

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Image: NobuTamura

You see, Teratophoneus curriei’s Latin name translates as “monstrous murderer” – and it’s not hard to understand why paleontologists christened it so. While a fully grown Teratophoneus has never been discovered, bones that once belonged to young adults have. And using these, scientists have suggested that the giant creature was 16 to 20 feet long and weighed nearly 1,500 pounds.

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