Uncle of T-Rex - level 3

Uncle of T-Rex - level 3

12-11-2013 06:00

Scientists say they have found the so-called “King of Gore--”a dinosaur that is T-Rex’s “great-uncle”.

“This animal, which we have named Llythronax Argestes, the name actually means ‘Gore King from the South West.’ This animal is 80 million years old. And at 80 million years old, it is the oldest Tyrannosaur of the derived group of Tyrannosaurs that lived on North America that includes T-Rex.”

Palaeontologists believe the discovery will help them better understand the environment where the predator lived. They think it ran a stretch of land all the way from Mexico to Alaska, passing through Utah as fossils were found along the state’s border with Colorado.

The Lythronax’s bones were set between layers of volcanic ash, so the age of the dinosaur could be determined.

This creature is thought to be slightly smaller than T-Rex but no less ferocious a predator, with huge teeth and a thick skull, terrifying other species as it roamed the plains.

Difficult words: palaeontologist (scientist who studies fossils), stretch (area), fossil (old bones or animals turned to rock), ash (soft grey powder from a volcano), determine (find out), ferocious (dangerous and scary), roam (walk).

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