Friday, 7 March 2014

Dinosaur news: The Largest Terrestrial Predator from Europe

In the New PLoS ONE journal, Christophe Hendrickx & Octávio Mateus published the discovery of a giant European theropod (the fossil maxilla) from the Lourinhã Formation (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian) of Central West Portugal. The Formation " is well known for its diversified dinosaur fauna similar to that of the Morrison Formation of North America; both areas share dinosaur taxa including the top predator Torvosaurus, reported in Portugal."

Here is my (really quick) sketch of how the dinosaur may looked like in life:

Of course, Triceratops in my logo is not here for the scale :-) 

Free paper: Torvosaurus gurneyi n. sp., the Largest Terrestrial Predator from Europe, and a Proposed Terminology of the Maxilla Anatomy in Nonavian Theropods

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