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A new dinosaur has been discovered!
And by new, we mean old.
The Eodromaeus (pronounced eyo-DRO-may-us), a 4-foot long hunter that lived 230 million years ago in what is now South America has been revealed as the quick-moving predator that set the stage for the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex to follow in its footsteps.
Paul C. Sereno of the University of Chicago, a leader of the team that discovered Eodromaeus, says of the creature:
"It was a little dinosaur, but it carried a big evolutionary stick."
Sounds like it! Move over Spielberg, this is the guy we really have to thank for Jurassic Park.
Its features, like a balancing tail and air pockets in the skull, show it was closely related to T. rex, but it only weighed 10-15 pounds!
Nick Longrich of the department of geology and geophysics at Yale University agrees with the significance of the discovery, saying:
"It's very significant, because it helps give us a better idea of what the ancestor of carnivorous dinosaurs – including Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus and the birds – would have looked like."
Excitement is in the air of the paleontology world as the new find brings scientists to within a few million years of the original "Eve" dinosaur!
Very cool stuff! We love dinosaurs and are still crossing our fingers they might come back one day.
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[Image via AP Images.]