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Fossils of a newly discovered massive, carnivorous dinosaur belonging to a group of "shark-toothed" dinosaurs have been found in Thailand. Known as Siamraptor suwati the apex predator is estimated to be more than 26 feet long and weighed at least 3.5 tons, according to Reuters.
"In addition, the phylogenetic analyzes revealed that Siamraptor is a basal taxon of Carcharodontosauria, involving a new view of the paleobiogeographic context of this group," reads the study's abstract. "Siamraptor is the best-preserved carcharodontosaurian theropod in Southeast Asia, and it sheds new light on the early evolutionary history of Carcharodontosauria."
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According to a statement announcing the results, "the skull, spine, limbs and hips of at least four individual dinosaurs were identified."
"The teeth of carcharodontosaurs, including Carcharodontosaurus, exhibit characteristic undulations of the surface along the edge of the thin, leaf-like & # 39; shark tooth & # 39 ;," said paleontologist Soki Hattori of Fukui Prefectural University in an interview with Reuters. "This feature is also observed in Siamraptor's teeth."
Siamraptor is a member of a group of dinos called carcharodontosaurs. The most well-known member of the group is Carcharodontosaurus, Latin for "shark-toothed lizard." It is estimated to have reached 45 feet in length and weighed 18,000 pounds.
By comparison, Tyrannosaurus rex, perhaps the most terrible predator to ever walk on earth, may have reached up to 40 feet in length and may have weighed up to 15 tons.
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