Baby Tyrannosaur fossil unearthed in Montana
University of Kansas researchers and students discovered a potential "baby" tyrannosaur fossil in Montana. The rare fossil remains include a whole section of the maxilla with all the teeth intact, as well as parts of the skull, foot, hips, and spine.
Paleontologists in Montana have unearthed a fossil that may have been the remains of a baby tyrannosaurus rex.
University of Kansas researchers and students recently dug up the fossil from the Hell Creek Formation in central Montana. The remains include a complete section of the maxilla with all intact teeth as well as parts of the skull, foot, hips, and spine of the dinosaur, according to the University of Kansas.
The remains probably belong to a juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex that lived 66.5 million years ago, according to researchers, but could also belong to another type of small, carnivorous dinosaur.
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"Teeth suggest it is a Tyrannosaurus rex, but there is more to do," says David Burnham, vertebrate paleontology researcher at the Biodiversity Institute Kansas University. "Since a young T. rex is so rare, there are few that have been found over the years that make it difficult to see what changes due to growth or whether the differences in bones reflect different species."
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Burnham noted that the University of Kansas has the good fortune of using an older T. rex as a comparison with the latest find, as well as another young T. rex on loan.
University of Kansas Paleontologists are now analyzing their find and planning to return to the Hell Creek Formation. "We're going to go out this summer – we're going there," Burnham said. "We think and hope there is more."
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The researchers hope to publish their results in the near future months.
The excavation team of the University of Kansas at work
Paleontologists shed new light on the era of dinosaurs. For example, an incredible dinosaur trail that even shows the footprints of a baby dinosaur was discovered at NASA's Space Flight Center. Experts have also recently announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species in Egypt, which represents an important prehistoric link between prehistoric Africa and Europe. The fossil remains of Mansourasaurus shahinae a dinosaur in school bus size, were found in the Sahara.
Other finds include the fossilized remains of a tiny, cane-sized dinosaur with rainbow feathers China. Experts also found the remains of a turkey-sized dinosaur in southeastern Australia, while the 150-million-year-old fossil remains of a bird-like dinosaur were found in Germany.
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Last year, vandals destroyed a dinosaur footprint in rock at a reputed paleontological site in Australia.
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