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Monday
Apr042011

New Dinosaur Species Discovered in China

Antonio M. Rosario/Iconica/Getty Images (file)(SHANGDONG PROVINCE, China) -- A giant new dinosaur has been identified by paleontologists in China, and chances are you wouldn't have wanted to make it angry. Similar in size to the Tyrannosaurus rex, the newly discovered carnivorous teropod most likely stood 13 feet tall and 36 feet long, weighing in at 12,000 pounds.

"It was about T. Rex's size, but probably a little bit smaller," said David Hone from University College of Dublin, Ireland, who led the team that discovered it and published his findings in the journal Cretaceous Research.

The dinosaur ran on its two hind legs and had puny arms and has been named Zhuchengtyrannaus magnus, which translates to "Tyrant from Zhucheng." Its bones were found in a quarry in the city of Zhucheng, in eastern China's Shangdong Province, at the site of the largest concentration of dinosaur bones in the world. The area is believed to have once been a floodplain where thousands of dinosaur bodies washed together.

The Zhuchengstyrannus magnus has been classified as a tyrannosaurine, giant carnivorous beasts that roamed North America and eastern Asia during the Late Cretaceous Period, 99 to 65 million years ago.

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