Meet the T. rex cousin you can look down on

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His­tory’s most fright­en­ing di­nosaur, the Tyran­nosaurus rex, came from a long line of pip­squeaks.

Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied a new cousin of the T. rex as a di­nosaur that only reached the 3-foot height of a tod­dler.

Ster­ling Nes­bitt, a pa­le­on­tol­o­gist at Vir­ginia Tech, found a set of its bones in 1998 when he was 16, while serv­ing as a vol­un­teer on a dig in New Mex­ico. Sci­en­tists weren’t cer­tain what it was for two decades, un­til other small cousins of T. rex were dis­cov­ered.

The di­nosaur is called Suski­tyran­nus haze­lae. It dates back 92 mil­lion years, 20 mil­lion years be­fore T. rex.

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