rhamphotheca:

Tiny Tyrannosaur: T. Rex Body Plan Debuted In Raptorex, 100th The Size
 (Sep. 17, 2009) — A 9-foot dinosaur from northeastern China had evolved all the hallmark anatomical features of Tyrannosaurus rex at least 125 million years ago. University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and five co-authors describe the newly discovered dinosaur in the Sept. 17 Science Express, advanced online edition of the journal Science.
 
Raptorex shows that tyrannosaur design evolved at “punk size,” said Sereno, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, “basically our bodyweight. And that’s pretty staggering, because there’s no other example that I can think of where an animal has been so finely designed at about 100th the size that it would eventually become.”…
(read more: Science Daily)

rhamphotheca:

Tiny Tyrannosaur: T. Rex Body Plan Debuted In Raptorex, 100th The Size

 (Sep. 17, 2009) — A 9-foot dinosaur from northeastern China had evolved all the hallmark anatomical features of Tyrannosaurus rex at least 125 million years ago. University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and five co-authors describe the newly discovered dinosaur in the Sept. 17 Science Express, advanced online edition of the journal Science.

Raptorex shows that tyrannosaur design evolved at “punk size,” said Sereno, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, “basically our bodyweight. And that’s pretty staggering, because there’s no other example that I can think of where an animal has been so finely designed at about 100th the size that it would eventually become.”…

(read more: Science Daily)

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BREAKING: Triceratops was probably real. Research published by Museum of the Rockies suggesting that Triceraptops was just a juvenile Torosaur is being challenged by researchers at the Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, CA.
(Boing Boing)

BREAKING: Triceratops was probably real. Research published by Museum of the Rockies suggesting that Triceraptops was just a juvenile Torosaur is being challenged by researchers at the Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, CA.

(Boing Boing)