The giant carnivorous dinosaur had a beautiful skull and small arms like T. rex

A newly discovered species of carnivorous dinosaur had disproportionately small arms, suggesting that this particular anatomical quirk – shared by the mighty but frail-armed T-Rex – may have been more common among large carnivorous dinosaurs than previously thought.

The newly described species, Meraxes gigas, is named after dragon Meraxes in the fantasy fiction series “A A Song of Fire and Ice’ (the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones) by writer George RR Martin. Meraksi it belongs to a group of theropods—mostly bipedal carnivores—known as the Carcharodontosauridae, which includes others dinosaur titans like Giganotosaurus, Mapusaurus and Carcharodontosaurus. This group lived during the Cretaceous period (about 145 million to 66 million years ago) but became extinct before extinction event which killed all the non-avian dinosaurs and marked the end of the Cretaceous.

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