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Sinotyrannus

Fossil range: 120 million years ago

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Superfamily: Tyrannosauroidea
Family: Proceratosauridae?
Genus: Sinotyrannus

Ji et al., 2009

Species

S. kazuoensis Ji et al., 2009 (type)

Sinotyrannus (meaning "Chinese tyrant") is a genus of large basal tyrannosauroid dinosaur, a close relative of tyrannosaurids which flourished in North America and Asia during the late Cretaceous period. Sinotyrannus is known from a single incomplete fossil specimen including a partial skull, from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of Liaoning, China. Though it is not much younger than primitive tyrannosauroids such as Dilong, it is similar in size to later forms such as Tyrannosaurus. It was much larger than contemporary tyrannosauroids; reaching a total estimated length of 10 meters (33ft), it is the largest known theropod from the Jehol Biota. The type species is S. kazuoensis, described by Ji et al., in 2009.[1]