The New “Reaper Of Death” Dinosaur

Alais Alzaga, Media Arts Editor

When you think of the most ravenous and dangerous dinosaur, most think of the Tyrannosaurus Rex A.K.A. the T-rex. Well, a new dinosaur has been discovered that is a close relative to the T-rex, the “Thanatos”. Well, that is its nickname. Its scientific name is Thanatotheristes degrootorum meaning ” Reaper of Death” in Greek.

The T-rex became extinct approximately 65 million years ago and sized up to a massive 40 feet long and 15-20 feet tall. It weighed in at around 9 tons.Well, this newly discovered Dino lived around 80 million years ago outdating our beloved Tyrannosaurus rex. This Dino was around 26 feet long but its weight is currently unknown.

The Thanatos is a tyrannosaur. But wait, isn’t the T. rex the only tyrannosaur? No, actually there are many different species of tyrannosaurs that lived from the late Jurassic period to the latest Cretaceous. There are different species within each genus of dinosaur. Like the stegosaurus is a stegosaur in the genus of stegosauria, but another species in the genus is the Dacentrurus. The cretaceous period was the last period of dinosaurs, but it was the golden age for dinosaurs until their extinction 65 million years ago.

This is an exciting discovery in the paleontology world. It is exciting to see what discoveries are to come in the future!