the "frightful reptile" of the
late Cretaceous Period, about 75 million years
A smaller relative of Tyrannosaurus
averaged 35 feet in length, stood about 12 feet
high, and weighed about 6000 pounds. Like its
cousins, it had four taloned toes on each hind
foot, although only three of them touched ground,
and relatively short front limbs, each of which
had two fingers. The massive skull was about
three feet long and held six dozen long, sharp
teeth. A long, heavy tail served as a
counterweight to the skull.
The sharp teeth and massive
skull, with prominent jaw muscle attachment
sites, mean that Daspletosaurus was a
carnivore, although it is unknown whether it was
a hunter or scavenger, or both.
The only named Daspletosaurus
fossil was found in Alberta, Canada, in 1921, by
Charles Mortram Sternberg, although other as yet
unconfirmed fossils have been found in Montana.
The type species was first described and named by
Dale Russell in 1970.
genus & species Daspletosaurus torosus
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