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Zhuchengtyrannus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Superorder Dinosauria
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Superfamily Tyrannosauroidea
Family Tyrannosauridae
Subfamily Tyrannosaurinae
Genus Zhuchengtyrannus
1st Species Zhuchengtyrannus magnus
Other attributes
Time Range 73.5-70 mya
Location China
Name Meaning Zhucheng tyrant
Physical Dimensions 10.6 meters, though there is a specimen that may be on par with the largest T.rex in size
Weight 5-6 tonnes, thought there is a specimen that may be on par with the biggest T.rex in size
Dietary Classification Carnivore

Zhuchengtyrannus is a tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China. It was named in 2011 by David W. E. Hone and his crew. It was one of the largest coelurosaurian theropods to exist, only beaten in size by the more famous Tyrannosaurus.

PhysiologyEdit

Zhuchengtyrannus was a giant theropod with a bulky body, a long tail, short arms with 2 fingers on each hand, and a large head with a mouth containing lots of big teeth. Similar to those of its North American cousin, Tyrannosaurus, its eye sockets were placed near the front of its head, allowing for binocular vision. Its body would have been covered in scaly skin.

DietEdit

Zhuchengtyrannus was a predator, preying on ceratopsids, hadrosaurs, and ankylosaurs. Its teeth had knife-like serrations from back to back, and were designed for crushing bone.

EcologyEdit

So far, all we know about Zhuchengtyrannus is that its forward-facing eyes would have allowed it to have good binocular vision, and it was a relatively fast runner due to its leg proportions.

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