Illustrating Thanatotheristes degrootorum
Our thanks to Caldey for sending into Everything Dinosaur a beautiful illustration of the recently described Canadian tyrannosaur Thanatotheristes degrootorum. Caldey was inspired by the media coverage of this new theropod dinosaur, perhaps she even read our blog post about this large carnivore from the Foremost Formation of Alberta. Described from fragmentary remains, the fossils of T. degrootorum represent the earliest known evidence of diagnostic tyrannosaurid material to have been discovered in Canada. It roamed northern Laramidia around 80.1 to 79.5 million years ago, as such it is (for the moment at least), both Canada’s oldest and newest tyrannosaur.
The Illustration of Thanatotheristes degrootorum by Caldey
Picture Credit: Caldey
Everything Dinosaur receives lots of illustrations of prehistoric animals. Our team members view them all and we are grateful for everyone that we get sent to us.
To read Everything Dinosaur’s article on the newly described Thanatotheristes degrootorum: Canada’s Newest and Oldest Tyrannosaurid Thanatotheristes degrootorum.
The “Reaper of Death”
Closely related to Daspletosaurus, Thanatotheristes, which means the “reaper of death” in Greek, has been placed within a newly erected tribe within the Tyrannosauridae family. This tribe, named the Daspletosaurini consists of T. degrootorum, Daspletosaurus torosus along with Daspletosaurus horneri and an as yet not formally described tyrannosaurid from the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta (specimen number FMNH PR308).
Our thanks to Caldey for sending into Everything Dinosaur her fantastic dinosaur drawing.