Science Saturdays: Lythornax Argestus (King of Gore)

So you thought your uncle was old?

We all know the tyrannosaurus rex: green body, tiny arms, very anxious, a toy. Imagine its older, more ferocious uncle!

The Lythornax argestus was found about four years ago in the southern section of Utah, known as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Museum–an area carved out of glacial movements over the periods of ice age. Its name translates to “king of gore” (probably due to its pleasant nature), and dates back roughly 80 million years ago, about 10 million years before the T-Rex we know from Jurassic Park and the picture books from your fourth grade classroom. It was about 24 feet long and 8 feet tall, and weighed around 2.5 tonnes (smaller than the tyrannosaurus rex, but still bigger than any human from the history of human life). Moreover, it had “banana-shaped” teeth that had serrated edges and were big as shit (scientific term alert).

In more interesting science news, palaeontologists are excited about the intellectual gems the the Grand Staircase continues to offer. Apparently, only about a tenth of the area has been scoured, and there are about a dozen new dinosaurs already discovered, and waiting to be named (please use the comment section below to participate in the naming of new dinosaurs).

This guy is really excited about the news of Lythornax argestus and the new dinosaurs.

Post Script: Here are a few of my favourite T-Rex memes:




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