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A new dinosaur find in Utah makes Tyrannosaurus rex look cuddly

Dinosaur lore has it that Tyrannosaurus rex, the king of the giant lizards, was the meanest creature ever to roam the earth: 10 m (33 ft.) long with 15-cm (6-in.) teeth and a voracious appetite. But fossilized claw, skull and jaw bones found in a quarry in eastern Utah point to a dinosaur that, while smaller than Tyrannosaurus, was probably a whole lot nastier. Labeled the "Utahraptor" until a more suitable scientific name can be found, the 7-m (20-ft.), one-ton beast is the largest specimen ever seen of a variety of dinosaur known as the Velociraptor, an upright, fast-moving carnivore that...

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