Meet the T. rex cousin you can look down on
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.