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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.13

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‘Reaper of death’: Fearsome new dinosaur species discovered in Alberta. Via the Calgary Herald:

Tyrannosaurs were large meat-eating dinosaurs that walked on two legs and had short arms, two fingers and massive skulls with dagger-like teeth. Tyrannosaurus rex is the most famous in this group.

Jared Voris was examining skull fragments stored in a drawer at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller as part of his masters thesis when he noticed features not seen in other tyrannosaur specimens. The most obvious were prominent vertical ridges along the upper jaw line.

“We’d find one feature, and then we’d find another, and then it would just kind of cascade into finally understanding that this was something completely different than what we’d seen before,” said Voris, who is now working on his PhD in paleontology at the University of Calgary.

Voris, 25, said “it’s definitely a weird feeling” to make a big discovery so early in his career.

He figures the beast could have been about eight metres long with an 80-centimetre skull.

“It would have been quite an imposing animal,” he said. “It definitely would have caused some panic.”

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Jahmi’us Ramsey’s Mother Needs Some Help. Jahmi’us Ramsey’s mother lost most of her possessions in a fire at her home. This GoFundMe was established by Jonathan Botros, who is a senior associate athletic director for Texas Tech. You can also donate at any Texas Tech Federal Credit Union.

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