March 31st

2011 – Zhuchengtyrannus described

On this day in dinosaurs the “Great Tyrant from Zhucheng”–a Chinese city in the Shandong Province–was described for the first time. At more than a dozen feet tall and nearly 40 feet long, Zhuchengtyrannus was the 5th largest carnivorous theropod when it was described in 2011. Weighing in at 13,000 pounds, Zhuchengtyrannus was certainly no lightweight.

Zhuchengtyrannus / Wikimedia Commons

The remains of Zhuchengtyrannus, and other dinosaurs, were fortuitously found by a construction crew. They were excavating an area for a new museum dedicated to fossil discoveries and made some finds themselves! You never know when you’ll find more dinosaurs.

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