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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Superfamily Tyrannosauroidea
  Genus Eotyrannus
Eotyrannus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived during the Cretaceous period, about 125 to 120 million years ago. Its fossils have been found in the Isle of Wight in Southern England.

Eotyrannus was an early relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. It was much smaller than Tyrannosaurus rex - Eotyrannus was "only" about 20 feet (6 meters) long. Additional differences between Eotyrannus and Tyrannosaurus rex, include the fact that Eotyrannus was very lightly built, and had long grasping hands (whereas Tyrannosaurus rex had relatively puny arms).

Eotyrannus probably preyed upon Hypsilophodon and Iguanodon, which both contemporaries of Eotyrannus, and lived in some of the same areas.


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Eotyrannus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 125 to 120 million years ago

Eotyrannus was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 125 to 120 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Eotyrannus:
  1. Eotyrannus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Eotyrannus" means "dawn tyrant". The name refers to the fact that it was an early relative of Tyrannosaurus rex.

  3. Eotyrannus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Eotyrannus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Eotyrannus was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Eotyrannus was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Eotyrannus lived between about 125 million years ago and 120 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  6. Eotyrannus lived in Britain.

  7. Eotyrannus was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Eotyrannus was about 20 feet (6 meters) long.

  9. Eotyrannus weighed about 300 to 500 pounds (136 to 227 kilograms).

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