Paleontologists, who dug up in Montana's famous Hell Creek Formation, have discovered the score of a lifetime – one of the best preserved and most complete juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons ever found.
Although it is not possible to dig up remnant remains in this area An unusual feat that makes this find unique is the quality of the fossil and the age of the dinosaur. According to Kyle Atkins-Weltman, an Assistant Fossil Preparer at the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas, fewer than five "decently-complete juvenile T. rexes" have been discovered in the formation, which has produced a massive cache of dinosaur fossils since excavated in the late 1
How rare was it? As Atkins-Weltman said Live Science "This is a 1-in-100-million-copy."
The young dinosaur, said to be 6 to 8 years old after his death, was originally discovered by Kris Super, an assistant student at the Natural History Museum in June 2016, but his team did not have time to uncover the entire skeleton, so they could not say with certainty what kind of dinosaurs they would have found. The following summer they came back and realized how extraordinary their discovery had been.
There are many questions left to answer for this discovery. Is it really a young T. rex that lived in the last 2 million years of the Cretaceous, about 67 million to 65 million years ago? Or could it be another example of the controversial – and possibly fake – Nannotyranus (a small genus of the tyrannosaurid family first cataloged in 1946)? When a copy is complete, the answers may soon be answered.
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