Skull of rare new genus of Tyrannosaur presented in Colorado – 9News.com KUSA

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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — The skull of a rare dinosaur is now on display in southern Colorado.

Part of a rare new genus of Tyrannosaur known as Terataphoneus curriei, the skull was presented Wednesday at its new display at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (RMDRC) in Woodland Park.

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Nicknamed “Sir William,” the skull was discovered in 2001 in the Judith River Formation of Montana by William Stein.

A genus of tyrannosaurine theropod dinosaur, the species’ name Terataphoneus curriei comes from the Greek for “Murder Monster.”

The dinosaur lived in what is now the Utah-Montana region during the late Campanian age, in the Late Cretaceous period about 77 million years ago, according to RMDRC.

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RMDRC said it partnered with Triebold Paleontology to use new digital technology to create a 3D print of the skull.

“The unveiling of Sir William is important and is a significant contribution to the study of our past and the prehistoric world,” said RMDRC Curator Anthony Maltese. “Exhibit visitors will be amazed when they see the incredible diversity of Tyrannosaurs and the mysteries of our planet’s ancient past.”

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