Tyrannosaur Snouts May Have Been More Sensitive Than Human Fingertips


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Tyrannosaurs may have used their snouts to capture prey and affectionately nuzzle each other.

By Becky Ferreira | MOTHERBOARD

Tyrannosaurus rex reigns supreme as the „tyrant king“ of the dinosaurs in pop culture, but this iconic meat-eater is just one offshoot of the highly successful tyrannosaur family that dominated Cretaceous Earth.

Now, after 25 years in taxonomic limbo, the fossils of one of T. rex’s closest relatives have been officially identified as a new species in research published Thursday in Scientific Reports. A team led by Thomas Carr, a tyrannosaur expert and professor at Carthage College, named the carnivore Daspletosaurus hornieri in honor of renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who first described the species in the early 1990s when its remains were found in Montana’s fossil-rich Two Medicine formation.

„The first skull of D. hornieri appeared in the literature in 1992,“ Carr told me over the phone. „It’s been 25 years before this dinosaur got a name.“

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