New scientific discoveries about Tyrannosaurs have upended our understanding of the giant predators whose massive populations extended from Asia to the Americas.
They had feathers.
They ran like birds.
And now, a new species that lived approximately 100 to 66 million years ago in Montana has given us our first real look at these dinosaurs’ faces.
Carthage College paleontologist Thomas Carr and his team describe the scaly visage of Daspletosaurus horneri in a new paper from Scientific Reports.
A typical member of this species would have been about nine meters long and 2.2 meters tall, with its large skull covered in bony ridges and different skin types.
The researchers write that D. horneri is “critical to understanding the evolutionary transition from nonbeak to beak along the line to birds, since beaks are specialized epidermal structures.” In other words, it’s not just badass to reconstruct what a tyrannosaur’s face looked like—it also gives us a glimpse of the in-between stages as snouts evolved into beaks.
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