Showing posts with label Xiongguanlong. Show all posts
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Xiongguanlong, the ancestor of T.Rex


Xiongguanlong, the dragon of Jiayuguan (a city in China) is of utmost importance if we are to understand the appearance on earth Jurassic was the best known of all dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex.

Its dimensions are not overly large jaw crusher or lacked teeth 30 cm long (1,2 ft) but its evolutionary features makes it worth being described as other lucky animals in this blog. Seriously, any prehistoric animal lover should know about this dinosaur.

The Xiongguanlong measured about 6 meters long and nearly 2 meters tall (7 ft), weighing around 300 kg (660 lb) the T.Rex was over twice and weighed 30 times more). His skull was about 50 cm (1,65 ft) long and the snout was long and thin that the T.Rex, more adapted to cut meat to crush bones. But I began to have those morphological features of Tyrannosaurus rex:



A box-shaped skull.
Reinforced temple bones to support the jaw muscles.
A strong spine that holds a large head.
Reduced forelimbs.
A predator might be terrible in its time but was not the biggest nor feared, did not reach the level of predator.



This Tyrannosauroidea theropod dinosaur lived in the Cretaceous between 125 and 100 million years. Keep in mind that most of the family lived in the Cretaceous Tyrannosauroidea ... not in the Jurassic as the movie suggests: Jurassic Park.

And for that matter, so as not to cause further confusion and this time for my culpa.Que the Xiongguanlong is the ancestor of T.Rex, does not mean it's necessarily the direct ancestor or the t. rex is the offspring following, but is useful in determining the overall pattern of evolution tyrannosaurid, is like knowing discovered a missing link in the evolution of T.Rex.


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