Eotyrannus

EOTYRANNUS


(EE-oh-tih-RAN-us)


MEANS:
Dawn tyrant

PERIOD:
Early Cretaceous – 130 Mya

WHERE:
Europe: United Kingdom

SIZE:
Length: 4.6 meters (15 feet)
Weight: 136 – 226 kg (300 – 500 lb)






An early tyrannosaur, Eotyrannus was a small, slender theropod with proportionally long legs and toes. Those long legs may have meant that the dinosaur was a fast runner as it tracked down prey such as Hypsilophodon and Iguanodon. The three-fingered, grasping hands were also among the longest hands of any non-avian theropods known to date.

The only specimen, found on the Isle of Wight, was of a sub-adult. Therefore, Eotyrannus as an adult would have been larger.