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Teratophoneus
Teratophoneus NT

Kingdom:

Animalia:

Phylum:

Chordata

Class:

Reptilia

Superorder:

Dinosauria

Order:

Saurischia:

Suborder:

Theropoda

Superfamily:

†Tyrannosauroidea

Family:

†Tyrannosauridae

Genus:

†Teratophoneus

Species:

†T. curriei (type)

Teratophoneus was a genus of tyrannosaurid from the Campanian Stage (Late Cretaceous). It lived 75 million years ago in what is now Utah. Compared to other tyrannosaurs, Teratophoneus had a relatively short skull. This is indicated a steep but short maxilla. Also suggesting the relative shortness of the skull is its short basicranium, and noticeably reduced number of teeth.

Teratophoneus was a member of the subfamily Tyrannosaurinae and a sister taxon of Daspletosaurus . Further, Teratophoneus is considered the most basal member of the family Tyrannosauridae in North America.

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