Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid
Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid

Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid

Fossils of two dinosaur skeletons found in New Mexico are from a species new to science that lived 92 million years ago.

May 7, 2019
Chia-Yi Hou
ABOVE: A reconstruction of the tyrannosauroid Suskityrannus hazelae (standing in foreground) that lived during the Late Cretaceous period about 92 million years ago. The ceratopsoid Zuniceratops sits nearby, while the hadrosauromorph Jeyawati  walks in the background.
ANDREY ATUCHIN

From a site in New Mexico, researchers have uncovered two skeletons of a previously unknown tyrannosauroid species. In Nature Ecology and Evolution yesterday (May 6), the authors report that this species fills an important gap between the smallest and largest tyrannosauroid species. The skeletons were from juvenile individuals with skulls measuring between 25 and 32 cm in length.

S.J. Nesbitt et al., “A mid-Cretaceous tyrannosauroid and the origin of North American end-Cretaceous dinosaur assemblages,” Nat Ecol Evol, doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0888-0, 2019.