Tyrannosaurs get a father figure
Fossil hunters find the first Jurassic specimen of this fearsome family.
Published online: 8 February 2006
by Michael Hopkin
Ask any dinner-party palaeontologist and they'll tell you that, despite
its star turn in Jurassic Park, Tyrannosaurus rex didn't live in the
Jurassic period. But now a team in China has found a tyrannousaur that
did, and it gives us valuable clues about the rise of this clan of
The new species, found in Xinjiang province in northwestern China, lived
around 160 million years ago. This makes it more than twice as old as T.
rex, and the most primitive known member of the family.
Egypt offers first look at newly discovered tomb
First such discovery in Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun’s in 1922
Updated: 2:38 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2006
CAIRO, Egypt - Through a partially opened underground door, Egyptian
authorities gave a peek Friday into the first tomb uncovered in the
Valley of the Kings since King Tut’s in 1922. U.S. archaeologists said
they discovered the tomb by accident while working on a nearby site.
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