T-Rex’s cousin, Pinocchio Rex, discovered in China

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An artist's illustration of 'Pinocchio Rex' (Qianzhousaurus sinensis). Credit: Chuang Zhao

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of dinosaur – a cousin of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The new species, Qianzhousaurus sinensis, nicknamed “Pinocchio Rex,” was slightly smaller and slender than the T-Rex, with a long snout.

Researchers say it roamed the Earth more than 66 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period.

The skull and parts of the neck, back, hind limbs and tail were found at a construction site in the Nanxiong Formation in southeastern China.

The fossils were analyzed and are now kept at the Ganzhou Museum in Ganzhou City, China.