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Friday, March 7, 2014

The biggest Dinosaurs in Europe

Scientists in Portugal have identified what is believed to be the largest predator that ever lived in Europe. Fossil of dinosaur bones were lifted from a ravine in Praia da Vermelha, to the north of Lisbon, Portugal.
An artist's illustration of the newly identified Torvosaurus gurneyi. (Picture from: http://www.smh.com.au/)
Known as Torvosaurus gurneyi, carnivorous creature has an estimated length of 10 meters and a weight of 4 to 5 tons. Other aspects of this dinosaur was described in a recent issue of the PLoS One journal.

This animal is classified as a theropod, namely the two-legged predator that is to be expected as the type of Tyrannosaurus rex. However, T gurneyi life at early times, ie at the end of the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago
The skull of the newly discovered Torvosaurus gurneyi measured 1.15 metres in length. (Picture from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/)
"We all know about the T. rex, but Tyrannosaurus is a different animal," said Prof. Octavio Mateus of the New University of Lisbon. 

"Our Dinosaurs are Jurassic. Shocking age difference, that is 80 million years. Thus when T rex walked the earth, Torvosaurus has become fossilized," said Mateus told the BBC.

Scientists have already dug a number of Torvosaurus body parts on Lourinha rock formations in Portugal. These specimens had eggs and embryos. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCIENCE DAILY]
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