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Technology Meet T. Rex's cousin, the Jurassic King of the Road

21:20  12 december  2019
21:20  12 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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If it wasn't for road maintenance in Argentina, the world might never have known about a 26-foot-long, 168-million-year-old lizard king preserved in remarkable detail under the asphalt of Patagonia. So the paleontologists who discovered the massive monster -- a new cousin to the iconic Allosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor -- paid tribute by naming the new genus Asfaltovenator vialidadi.

a close up of a dinosaur: Length? 26 feet. Skull? 2.5 feet. The newly discovered Asfaltovenator vialidadi joins a host of Jurassic mega-predators. Gabriel Lio / Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich© Provided by CNET Length? 26 feet. Skull? 2.5 feet. The newly discovered Asfaltovenator vialidadi joins a host of Jurassic mega-predators. Gabriel Lio / Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Describing the dino remains in the online journal Scientific Reports Wednesday, paleontologists Oliver Rauhust and Diego Pol said the find is the most complete dinosaur skeleton yet discovered from the early phase of the Middle Jurassic.

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"The fossil displays a very unusual combination of skeletal characters, which is difficult to reconcile with the currently accepted picture of the relationships between the three large groups that comprise the tetanurans -- Megalosauria, Allosauria and Coelurosauria," Rauhut said in a statement.

Asfaltovenator's hybrid mix of traits prompted the duo to dig deeper into the other dinosaurs, whose varieties were rapidly expanding during the Middle Jurassic period. Rauhut said he believes the explosive evolution of Asfaltovenator's group is linked to a mass extinction episode that happened about 180 million years ago. The prior extinction likely opened up new ecological niches for Asfaltovenator and its mega-predator cousins, the paleontologists said.

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a close up of a dinosaur: Length? 26 feet. Skull? 2.5 feet. The newly discovered Asfaltovenator vialidadi joins a host of Jurassic mega-predators. © Gabriel Lio / Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Length? 26 feet. Skull? 2.5 feet. The newly discovered Asfaltovenator vialidadi joins a host of Jurassic mega-predators.

Read more: T. rex had a skull so hard even T. rex couldn't break it, say scientists

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