A new species of tyrannosaur that lived 80 million years ago discovered by scientists in Canada. The dinosaur is the oldest known tyrannosaur from North America. This lived in the Cretaceous Period.
The fossil of the skull was found by John De Groot in 2010. The predator’s name – Thanatotheristes degrootorum – translates to “Reaper of Death” from the Greek.
Darla Zelenitsky, a palaeobiology professor who co-authored the study said, “We chose a name that embodies what this tyrannosaur was as the only known large apex predator of its time in Canada, the reaper of death.”
Tyrannosaurs, or “tyrant lizards”, were the dominant predators on land for millions of years before the extinction of dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. The fossil records of these enormous beasts are very less. So scientists hope that this new finding will fill the gap of knowledge.