The giant meat-eating dinosaur had an ornate skull and small arms like a T. Rex

A newly discovered species of carnivorous dinosaur had disproportionately small arms, suggesting that this particular anatomical feature – shared by the powerful but weakly armed tyrannosaurus rex – may have been more common among large predatory dinosaurs than previously thought.

Newly described species, Meraxes gigas, is named after dragon Meraxes in the fantastic series “or Song of Ice and Fire” (the inspiration for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) by writer George RR Martin. Meraxes it belonged to a group of theropods—primarily bipedal carnivores—known as the Carcharodontosauridae, which includes other dinosaur titans such as Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus AND Carcharodontosaurus. This group lived during the Cretaceous period (about 145 million to 66 million years ago), but died out before extinction event that killed off all non-bird dinosaurs and marked the end of the Cretaceous.

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