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A new discovery found out about a new type of Tyrannosaurs Rex

May 13, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

Originally known as the Qianzhousaurus Sinensis, the Pinocchio Rex (P-Rex) is a T-Rex’s distant cousin. It is shorter and less muscled, but it is faster.

Qianzhousaurus was named after the ancient name for Ganzhou, where the fossil was first found.  Ganzhou’s ancient name was Qianzhou.

National Geographic said that scientists found a nearly complete, “one in a million” fossil of the P-Rex at Ganzhou, and that the study team was “really excited about” it, according to Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh that is located in Scotland.

The fossil was not as damaged as many others because not long after it died, it was covered in dirt that protected it from “erosive water and air,” National Geographic’s website said.

The Pinocchio Rex was about 29 feet, or 9 meters tall and around 1,800 pounds (800 Kilograms). In comparison to the T-Rex which was about 42 feet or 13 meters tall, it is a lot smaller.

The P-Rex has a mouth similar to the T-Rex, but instead of a big mouth, it has long beak-like snout.  According to BBC, its snout is 35% longer than other dinosaurs its size.

Paleontologist Tony Fiorillo said the Qianzhousaurus is “a very interesting and unusual specimen.”

The longer snout meant that they could not hunt big animals because they did not have enough power to bite as the T-Rex. Since that was the case, they would have to eat smaller prey, such as lizard and fish.

The difference in diets means that the Pinocchio Rex and the Tyrannosaurs Rex could have lived in the same area without possibly killing each other for food.

 In Mangolia, a fossil was found that was similar to the P-Rex that was named the Alioramus. Its skull was slightly different in shape.  However, the skull also had a beak-like snout.

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