A tiny tyrannosaur dubbed the ‘harbinger of doom’ has been discovered in Utah

(Photo courtesy of Jorge Gonzalez) The fossil of Moros intrepidus was discovered in Utah and is the oldest tyrannosaur fossil found from the Cretaceous period.

A new tyrannosaur fossil has been discovered in Utah — and it’s tiny compared to its more famous relative T. rex. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Meet Moros intrepidus, a small tyrannosaur that lived in Utah’s Emery County during the Cretaceous period. At 96 million years old, it is the oldest Cretaceous tyrannosaur species yet discovered in North America. The find narrowed a 70-million-year gap in the tyrant dinosaur record.

And by small, think the size of a mule deer. Moros was only 3 or 4 feet tall at the hip. The specimen found was estimated at being more than seven years old and nearly full grown. It’s name means “harbinger of doom.”

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