The Aublysodon is a carnivorous dinosaur named by Joseph Leidy in 1868. Even before the badlands of North America started enlightening the bones of Tyrannosaurus rex, many paleontologists from the late nineteenth century decided that long, pointed teeth turning up in many localities in the Western United States belonged to the deadliest, most ferocious dinosaurs that ever lived. Problematically, at this time, many dinosaur taxons were named for isolated teeth; such genera include Trachodon, Paleoscincus, and Troodon. Scientists named are particular taxon Aublysodon. Since then, over a dozen type of this supposedly fearsome theropod have been described.
The first post-dentary remains of Aublysodon were a partial skull unearthed in Montana in the 1980s. The skull bore the same pointed teeth attached to a long tapered skull the length of an average human arm. This adaption resembles that of theropods designed for eating fish. Famous dinosaurologist and paleoartist Gregory S. Paul decided the skull should belong to a new class, Aublysodon molnari. Unfortunately, with only this partial skull and isolated teeth, very few other details can be given about this elusive animal. We do know that Aublysodon Dinosaurs was extensive; its remains have been found in many locations.
Aublysodon Dinosaurs is now at National Museum of Natural History. As with some other theropods, many paleontologists no longer use Aublysodon as a valid genus. It is now extensively considered to be just a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, due to longer teeth and larger eyes characteristic of younger specimens of that species.
|Size:||13 feet long and 6ft tall|
|Main Facts:||Aublysodon is a carnivorous dinosaur, had many unremained fossils|