T-Rex Found: ‘Shaggy’ Tyrannosaur Now World’s Biggest Feathered Beast

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Tyrannosaur or tyrant lizard is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex, commonly abbreviated to T. rex, is a fixture in popular culture. It lived throughout what is now western North America, at the time an island continent. Fossils are found in a variety of rock formations and lately a new record and discovery of an almost 30 feet or 9 meters long and weighing 3,000 pounds T-rex is found and named “Shaggy”. This species were found in Liaoning Province in northeastern China, along with another species, named Yutyrannus huali (Beautiful feathered tyrant) where 40 times heavier than the previously found in 1999, a Beipiaosaurus.

Shaggy Tyrannosaur

Image Credit: mirror.co.uk

Since the researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing discovered also feathers and were able to clearly defined that these fossils was a shaggy predator. Moreover, the researchers also found feathers which could be mean that they can fly even they are so big and heavy. Some thought that the feathers are because they are capable of flying, but according to the researchers, this feather was for maintaining the warmth of their bodies.

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