OK, so we're guessing "adorable" might not be the right word here. But it's still a lot less scary than a full-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex!!!
Scientist believe they have discovered a brand new species of dinosaur stemming from a dig in Alaska back in 2006! Measuring about 2 meters tall, they initially believed they had stumbled upon the bones of a young tyrannosaur. However, with further inspection they found that it had a lot of the same characteristics of an adult!!
Ron Tykoski works on fossils at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and spoke out about the amazing discovery:
"It wasn’t until the past few years, with more work being done on growth rates, that we were able to look at these pieces in finer detail and realize that they weren’t a youngster of a known species, but a mature individual of something new."
While the new species is being described as a "pygmy" tyrannosaur, it isn't exactly small! In fact, it still measures out to about 25 feet long and weighs in at around 1,000 pounds!
Right now, it's being named Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, and there are still plenty of questions as to why it's so much smaller than a typical tyrannosaur!
Seeing as it's from Alaska, some scientists theorize that the cold temperature and lack of resources led to it's smaller stature, however this contradicts Bergmann's rule which states smaller species are usually found in warmer climates!
There's still a ton of mystery surrounding the Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, and we're sure scientist are excited to learn a lot more about it!
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