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On Feb. 11, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology announced that it discovered Canada’s oldest known tyrannosaur. Alberta, Canada is known within the paleontology community for its plethora of tyrannosaur remains. Now, the Thanatotheristes degrootorum or “the Reaper of Death" can be added to the mix. This is the first new species of tyrannosaur discovered in Canada in 50 years. Its bones have been sitting in a museum drawer for over a decade. after a couple spotted the bones in the ice along the Oldman River in 2008. “The Reaper of Death” had sharp, 2.70-inch-long teeth and a two-ton frame — slightly smaller than a T. rex. It’s estimated that the species existed in the Alberta area roughly 79.5 million years ago. It measured 30 feet long (or, the length of a school bus) and was about eight feet tall. Paleoecologist Darla Zelenitsky said the nickname was chosen because it was the only known large predator of its time in Canada
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