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Nanotyrannus vs T-rex!
Nanotyrannus vs T-rex!
Published: 2016/12/10
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Dinosaurs Unearthed - Nanotyrannus
Dinosaurs Unearthed - Nanotyrannus
Published: 2016/09/27
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What is Nanotyrannus?
What is Nanotyrannus?
Published: 2013/04/19
Channel: DinosaurToday
T. rex Vs Nanotyrannus!
T. rex Vs Nanotyrannus!
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: JPWorld
DPB - Utahraptor vs Nanotyrannus [Dach DLT]
DPB - Utahraptor vs Nanotyrannus [Dach DLT]
Published: 2016/09/29
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ASDC - Nanotyrannus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex
ASDC - Nanotyrannus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex
Published: 2012/02/29
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Nanotyrannus Tribute
Nanotyrannus Tribute
Published: 2014/01/21
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Mundo Jurásico - Tiranosaurio Rex - Parte 6 de 7
Mundo Jurásico - Tiranosaurio Rex - Parte 6 de 7
Published: 2009/02/19
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Dino Bios-Nanotyrannus.
Dino Bios-Nanotyrannus.
Published: 2016/04/13
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Dakotaraptor discovery on Halloween 2015 - Raptor from Hell (creek) rivals Nanotyrannus
Dakotaraptor discovery on Halloween 2015 - Raptor from Hell (creek) rivals Nanotyrannus
Published: 2015/10/31
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Nanotyrannus… A controversial Dinosaur (Darwin & Dinosaurs)
Nanotyrannus… A controversial Dinosaur (Darwin & Dinosaurs)
Published: 2016/08/28
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Tyrannosaurus Rex vs Nanotyrannus
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2013/07/06
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Nanotyrannus Tribute - Never Back Down
Nanotyrannus Tribute - Never Back Down
Published: 2017/02/24
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Tyrannosaurus Rex vs Nanotyrannus
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2010/10/03
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Tribute to Nanotyrannus
Tribute to Nanotyrannus
Published: 2009/04/18
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T.REX WAS NOT ALONE! *NEW Predator Dinosaur Found* Dinosaurs Documentary [Special NAT GEO!]
T.REX WAS NOT ALONE! *NEW Predator Dinosaur Found* Dinosaurs Documentary [Special NAT GEO!]
Published: 2016/11/02
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BRS3 Kentrosaurus Vs Nanotyrannus
BRS3 Kentrosaurus Vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2017/06/07
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Nanotyrannus Tribute
Nanotyrannus Tribute
Published: 2016/12/25
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Battle Carnage: allosaurus dwarf (polar allo) vs nanotyrannus
Battle Carnage: allosaurus dwarf (polar allo) vs nanotyrannus
Published: 2016/07/25
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Mundo Jurasico Tyrannosaurus VS Nanotyrannus
Mundo Jurasico Tyrannosaurus VS Nanotyrannus
Published: 2016/05/31
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Ask DG #85  Carnotaurus Horns, Cave Hyenas and Nanotyrannus
Ask DG #85 Carnotaurus Horns, Cave Hyenas and Nanotyrannus
Published: 2010/04/24
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DBA-Nanotyrannus vs Alectrosaurus
DBA-Nanotyrannus vs Alectrosaurus
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: spinosaurus Fan
Dinosaur Face off Nanotyrannus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex
Dinosaur Face off Nanotyrannus vs Tyrannosaurus Rex
Published: 2017/01/16
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Prehistoric Smackdown: Episode 66-Nanotyrannus vs. Deinonychus.
Prehistoric Smackdown: Episode 66-Nanotyrannus vs. Deinonychus.
Published: 2015/04/30
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Dinosaurs Cartoons for Kids. Spinosaurus vs Nanotyrannus. Динозавры Мультфильм
Dinosaurs Cartoons for Kids. Spinosaurus vs Nanotyrannus. Динозавры Мультфильм
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: DinoMania
nanotyrannus Sound Effects Jurassic fight club / luta jurássica
nanotyrannus Sound Effects Jurassic fight club / luta jurássica
Published: 2017/06/07
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The Isle Nanotyrannus sounds
The Isle Nanotyrannus sounds
Published: 2017/03/09
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Nanotyrannus and T-rex Comparison
Nanotyrannus and T-rex Comparison
Published: 2016/12/10
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MBA: nanotyrannus vs irritator
MBA: nanotyrannus vs irritator
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: raptormage
Dinosaur Territories - Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Dinosaur Territories - Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: monolopho10
Meet Nanotyrannus - The Dinosaur That Never Really Existed
Meet Nanotyrannus - The Dinosaur That Never Really Existed
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Simularerts
MBA: nanotyrannus rampage ( colaboration with triceraninja ) (  entry for the k universe
MBA: nanotyrannus rampage ( colaboration with triceraninja ) ( entry for the k universe's contest )
Published: 2016/08/20
Channel: raptormage
Dinosaur Territories - Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Dinosaur Territories - Tyrannosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2012/03/03
Channel: monolopho10
Jurassic Fight Club: "T. rex  Hunter" (Nanotyrannus)
Jurassic Fight Club: "T. rex Hunter" (Nanotyrannus)
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: Kestrel raptorial
Nanotyrannus/Warm-or-Cold-Blooded Theme (3D Dinosaur Adventure)
Nanotyrannus/Warm-or-Cold-Blooded Theme (3D Dinosaur Adventure)
Published: 2014/04/05
Channel: Stephen Bererznicki
ASDC - Dilophosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
ASDC - Dilophosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2012/06/07
Channel: Allosaurus Rex
Nanotyrannus vs Cryolophosaurus (25+ Subs Special)
Nanotyrannus vs Cryolophosaurus (25+ Subs Special)
Published: 2016/09/01
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Nanotyrannus / The Dinosaur That Never Really Existed
Nanotyrannus / The Dinosaur That Never Really Existed
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Dinosaur News
Cretaceous Carnage SPECIAL - Tyrannosaurus VS Nanotyrannus(entry to mythplatypuspwned
Cretaceous Carnage SPECIAL - Tyrannosaurus VS Nanotyrannus(entry to mythplatypuspwned's contest)
Published: 2011/08/20
Channel: AlexTriceratops123
PDBA Dilophosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
PDBA Dilophosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2010/04/10
Channel: Lex B
PDFC - Nanotyrannus vs Sarcosuchus
PDFC - Nanotyrannus vs Sarcosuchus
Published: 2010/03/05
Channel: Entersandman1001
Nanotyrannus Vs T-rex
Nanotyrannus Vs T-rex
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: CarnotaurusWorld
Ask DG #104 -- Pterosaurs, Giganotosaurus, Nanotyrannus, Dracorex and  Arctodus
Ask DG #104 -- Pterosaurs, Giganotosaurus, Nanotyrannus, Dracorex and Arctodus
Published: 2010/08/22
Channel: Dinosaur George
DCB:Deinonychus vs Nanotyrannus
DCB:Deinonychus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2015/09/27
Channel: Mapuzaurez
PDFC Nanotyrannus vs Ankylosaurus
PDFC Nanotyrannus vs Ankylosaurus
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: BlackRex300
DCB:Alectrosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
DCB:Alectrosaurus vs Nanotyrannus
Published: 2015/09/21
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JBA - Nanotyrannus vs Ceratosaurus
JBA - Nanotyrannus vs Ceratosaurus
Published: 2010/06/21
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Dinosaur bone (Nanotyrannus) dissolving in EDTA
Dinosaur bone (Nanotyrannus) dissolving in EDTA
Published: 2016/08/28
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Tyrannosaurus Rex VS Nanotyrannus (Albertosaurus)
Tyrannosaurus Rex VS Nanotyrannus (Albertosaurus)
Published: 2014/12/19
Channel: Nature Gamer29
nanotyrannus rampage!!
nanotyrannus rampage!!
Published: 2008/10/17
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Nanotyrannus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 68.5–66 Ma
Nanotyrannus lancensis skull.jpg
Holotype skull
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Tyrannosauridae
Subfamily: Tyrannosaurinae
Genus: Nanotyrannus
Bakker, Currie & Williams, 1988
Type species
Gorgosaurus lancensis
Gilmore, 1946
Synonyms

Nanotyrannus ("dwarf tyrant") is a potentially dubious genus of tyrannosaurid dinosaur. It is known only from two specimens (possibly three), which are potentially juvenile specimens of the contemporary genus Tyrannosaurus rex.

History[edit]

Replica of the skull of "Jane", Burpee Museum of Natural History. The specimen shows the small foramen in the quadratojugal

Nanotyrannus is based on CMNH 7541, a skull collected in 1942 by David Hosbrook Dunkle and described by Charles W. Gilmore in 1946, who classified it as a new species in the tyrannosaur genus Gorgosaurus as G. lancensis.[1] In 1988, the specimen was re-described by Robert T. Bakker, Phil Currie, and Michael Williams, then the curator of paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where the original specimen was housed and is currently on display. Their initial research indicated that the skull bones were fused, and that it therefore represented an adult specimen. In light of this, Bakker and colleagues assigned the skull to a new genus, named Nanotyrannus for its apparently small adult size. The specimen is estimated to have been around 5.2 metres (17 ft) long when it died.[2] However, a detailed analysis of the specimen by Thomas Carr in 1999 showed that the specimen was in fact a juvenile, leading Carr and many other paleontologists to consider it a juvenile specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex.[3][4]

In 2001, a more complete juvenile tyrannosaur (nicknamed "Jane", catalogue number BMRP 2002.4.1), belonging to the same species as the original Nanotyrannus specimen, was uncovered. This discovery prompted a conference on tyrannosaurs focused on the issues of Nanotyrannus validity, held at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in 2005. Several paleontologists who had previously published opinions that N. lancensis was a valid species,[5] including Currie and Williams, saw the discovery of "Jane" as a confirmation that Nanotyrannus was in fact a juvenile T. rex.[6][7] On the other hand, some, such as Peter Larson, continued to support the hypothesis that Nanotyrannus lancensis was a separate but closely related species.[8] In 2015, Professor Phil Manning and Dr Charlotte Brassie of Manchester University studied Jane using a LIDAR scanner, and using data and computer modelling, their reconstruction of body mass suggested that Jane had a 600 kg - 900 kg body mass, far lower than would be expected for a Tyrannosaurus. Also in 2015, Assistant Professor Holly Woodward Ballard of Oklahoma State University used histology to examine a thin slice of Jane's femur. Counting the rings within Jane's bone material showed that Jane was 11 years old, and bone histology suggests that Jane was immature and still growing.[9]

The actual scientific study of "Jane" may determine whether Nanotyrannus lancensis is a valid species or if it represents a juvenile T. rex.[10]

In late 2011, news reports about a 2006 discovery of a new, virtually complete tyrannosaurid specimen found along with a ceratopsid were made.[11] The specimens were studied by Robert Bakker and Pete Larson on-site, who identified the ceratopsian as Triceratops and the tyrannosaurid as Nanotyrannus. The specimen, nicknamed "Bloody Mary", allegedly has arms almost 3 feet in length, with the bones of the hand said to be one and a half times longer than those of the T. rex specimen "Sue". However, the truth to those claims, and whether the specimen is distinct from T. rex, are currently impossible to determine, as the "Bloody Mary" specimen remains in private hands and away from scientific access.[9]

Validity[edit]

"Jane" specimen in the Burpee Museum

The primary difference that some scientists have used to argue for Nanotyrannus lancensis's validity concerns the number of teeth. Specimens referred to N. lancensis had 14-15 teeth in each side of the upper jaw (maxilla) and 17 teeth in each side of the lower jaw (dentary), whereas adult T. rex specimens had 11-12 tooth positions in the upper jaw and 11-14 in the lower. The exact implications of this difference in tooth count have not been universally accepted, however. In his 1999 study of tyrannosaurid growth patterns, Carr showed that, in Gorgosaurus libratus, the number of teeth decreased as the animal grew, and he used this data to support the hypothesis that N. lancensis is simply a juvenile T. rex.[3] Tsujihi et al., who studied growth in the related Tarbosaurus bataar, found little to no decrease in tooth count during growth, even though they had juvenile specimens much younger than the Nanotyrannus specimens. These researchers also noted, however, that both Tyrannosaurus and Gorgosaurus show significant differences in tooth count between individuals of the same age group, and that tooth count may vary on an individual basis not related to growth.[4] Larson has also contended that, along with skull features, Nanotyrannus can also be distinguished from Tyrannosaurus by proportionally larger hands with phalanges on the third metacarpal and in the furcula morphology.[12]

Restoration

Another difference cited by those who support the validity of N. lancensis is the presence of a small foramen, or pit, in the quadratojugal, a bone in the back corner of the skull. Both the holotype and the "Jane" specimen have this feature which is also seen in the adult specimen of Daspletosaurus horneri and an islolated quadratojugal from Alberta indicating that this feature is seen in other tyrannosaurs and may well be synamorphic. All of the differences claimed to support Nanotyrannus turned out to be individually or ontogenetically variable features.[13] The foramen at the quadratojugal is also problematic for the validity of Nanotyrannus, as skull sutures are ambiguous evidence for maturity in archosaurs.[14]

3D models of the brain cavities of the holotype skull and T. rex's skull show that blood vessel positions and those of the optic nerve attachments do not match, possibly suggesting a distinction between Nanotyrannus and T. rex.[9] This could be accounted for by changes in the skull shape as T. rex grows.[15][16]

Limb proportion analysis published in 2016 suggested that Nanotyrannus specimens have differing levels of cursoriality, cited as a potential difference between N. lancensis and T. rex.[17] However, paleontologist Manabu Sakomoto has commented that this conclusion is likely impacted by low sample size, and the discrepancy does not necessarily reflect taxonomic distinction.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilmore, C.W. (1946). "A new carnivorous dinosaur from the Lance Formation of Montana". Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 106: 1–19. 
  2. ^ Bakker, Williams; Currie (1988). "Nanotyrannus, a new genus of pygmy tyrannosaur, from the latest Cretaceous of Montana". Hunteria. 1: 1–30. 
  3. ^ a b Carr, T.D. (1999). "Craniofacial ontogeny in Tyrannosauridae (Dinosauria, Coelurosauria)". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 19: 497–520. doi:10.1080/02724634.1999.10011161. 
  4. ^ a b Tsuihiji, T.; Watabe, M.; Tsogtbaatar, K.; Tsubamoto, T.; Barsbold, R.; Suzuki, S.; Lee, A.H.; Ridgely, R.C.; Kawahara, Y.; Witmer, L.M. (2011). "Cranial osteology of a juvenile specimen of Tarbosaurus bataar from the Nemegt Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Bugin Tsav, Mongolia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 31 (3): 497–517. doi:10.1080/02724634.2011.557116. 
  5. ^ Currie, P.J. (2003a). "Cranial anatomy of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 48: 191–226. 
  6. ^ Currie, Henderson, Horner and Williams (2005). "On tyrannosaur teeth, tooth positions and the taxonomic status of Nanotyrannus lancensis." In "The origin, systematics, and paleobiology of Tyrannosauridae", a symposium hosted jointly by Burpee Museum of Natural History and Northern Illinois University.
  7. ^ Henderson (2005). "Nano No More: The death of the pygmy tyrant." In "The origin, systematics, and paleobiology of Tyrannosauridae", a symposium hosted jointly by Burpee Museum of Natural History and Northern Illinois University.
  8. ^ Larson (2005). "A case for Nanotyrannus." In "The origin, systematics, and paleobiology of Tyrannosauridae", a symposium hosted jointly by Burpee Museum of Natural History and Northern Illinois University.
  9. ^ a b c "Dino Death Match" (2015) Part of Jurassic Week. National Geographic Channel (UK). 13/06/2015
  10. ^ Mortimer, M (2004). "Tyrannosauroidea". The Theropod Database. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  11. ^ Switek B, "Montana’s "Dueling Dinosaurs", blogs.smithsonianmag.com, 10-11-2011.
  12. ^ Larson P (2013), "The validity of Nanotyrannus Lancensis (Theropoda, Lancian - Upper Maastrichtian of North America", Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: 73rd annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs, p. 159.
  13. ^ Yun, C (2015). "Evidence points out that "Nanotyrannus" is a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex".". PeerJ PrePrints. 3: e1052. doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.852v1. 
  14. ^ Bailleu, A; Scannella, J; Horner, J.; Evans, D. (2016). "Fusion Patterns in the Skulls of Modern Archosaurs Reveal That Sutures Are Ambiguous Maturity Indicators for the Dinosauria". PLOS ONE. 11: e0147687. PMC 4749387Freely accessible. PMID 26862766. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147687. 
  15. ^ "Adolescent T. rex unraveling controversy about growth changes in Tyrannosaurus". www.sciencedaily.com. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  16. ^ Riley, Alex. "Meet Nanotyrannus, the dinosaur that never really existed". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  17. ^ Persons, W. S.; Currie, P. J. (2016). "An approach to scoring cursorial limb proportions in carnivorous dinosaurs and an attempt to account for allometry". Scientific Reports. 6. 19828. doi:10.1038/srep19828.  open access publication – free to read
  18. ^ "Hind limb proportions do not support the validity of Nanotyrannus". mambobob-raptorsnest.blogspot.com. 

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