When we were researching this Moros intrepidus facts article we came across a newspaper article than said “not so scary after all, T-Rex began from an adorable deer sized dinosaur“. We we can agree to agree with the second part of that sentence, but not the first. We will look at some Moros intrepidus facts below that may make this dinosaur seem not quite as cute as it does in the Jurassic World Dominion movie!
Moros intrepidus was a small, carnivorous theropod dinosaur that was a distant relative of the Tyrannosaurs Rex. It lived during the Late Cretaceous period, around 96 million years ago. Moros intrepidus was about 3 meters (9.8 feet) long, and weighed around 80 kg (185 lb).
Although it may be shown picking food from the mouth of a giganotosaurus in the movie, and at a size that makes it almost worthy of being a house hold pet. We think you better read these facts about Moros intrepidus before you rush off to the Jurassic Pet Store and think about getting one!!
Moros Intrepidus Quick Facts
- Morus Intrepidus means “Adventurous Harbinger of Doom.” It is from Latin and Greek.
- It is thought that this was one of the first relatives of the Tyrannosaurus Rex
- The first fossil of Moros intrepidus was found in Utah, USA, in 2013
- Morus Intrepidus is estimated to weight about 5ft tall, 78 kg (172 lb) in weight and be about 3 metres long.
- Although Moros intrepidus was small, it was probably quite fast and agile
- Moros Intrepidus was carnivorous and probably ate small animals, such as lizards, small or baby dinosaurs and mammals
- it is very likely that it did have feathers.
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Moros Intrepidus Facts
With Moros Intrepidus being such a new dinosaur there is still loads to learn. But below we have what has been found out so far, and what scientists can estimate from other members of the raptor family as well.
1. Moros intrepidus means ‘harbinger of doom,‘ It is from Latin / Greek. Moros means harbinger of Doom, and intrepid was used to explain that it was the first tyrannosaur and started their spread all over North America.
2. Harbinger means sign of change, which for this dinosaur is a great name! it is thought that this was one of the first relatives of the tyrannosaurus Rex, and over the next 20-30 million years this small predator would turn into the fearsome T-Rex. .
3. Morus Intrepidus is estimated to weight about 5ft tall, 78 kg (172 lb) in weight and be about 3 metres long.
4. The first fossil of Moros intrepidus was found in Utah, USA, in 2013 almost by accident! they were seen sticking out of a rock. Although the area was famous for finding theropod fossils already.
5. Like lots of other fossils found close to it, Moros intrepidus was a theropod, which means it was a meat-eating dinosaur with two legs.
6. Although Moros intrepidus was small, it was probably quite fast and agile its legs were not as thick as a T-Rex even for its size. Meaning it was likely a good runner.
7. Moros intrepidus had sharp teeth, which it used to tear its food apart.
8. Moros Intrepidus was carnivorous and probably ate small animals, such as lizards, small or baby dinosaurs and mammals, unlike its great great great grandson the Tyrannosaurs could not have attacked the big long necked dinosaurs.
9. Moros intrepidus was discovered by Utah State paleontologist Scott Madsen and his team. they had been searching the area for 10 years for fossils when it was found.
10. The first fossil of Moros intrepidus was found in the Stormy Theropod site located in Emery County Utah. It wasn’t until 2019 that the Morus Intrepidus became a recognized species.
11. With the Jurassic World Dominion movie being released in 2022 this means the Morus Intrepidus is the newest dinosaur ever to appear in a movie! It will be its premiere!
12. The Cedar Mountain Formation where the morus intrepidus fossils were found is around 95 million years old. It is home to many other dinosaurs, such as Ankylosaurus, Ceratopsians, and utahraptors
13. Moros intrepidus is one of the oldest known tyrannosaurus relatives .and lived during the Late Cretaceous period, around 96 million years ago.
14. Although the fossils of Moros intrepidus don’t show that it had feathers, it is very likely that it did have feathers. Feathers may have been used to keep Moros intrepidus warm, or to help it attract mates.
15. Moros intrepidus was a small, carnivorous theropod dinosaur and everything we know about it is from just 2 fossils. Leg bones and some teeth.
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16. The Morus Intrepidus is classed as a running dinosaur and it would have been not only been able to run fast but for a long time as well.
17. It would have lived with larger predators than itself including the Allosaurus.
18. The fossils that were found were about 7-8 years old, in dinosaur years, so it was a sub adult and almost fully grown. This means the size estimates are quite accurate.
19. Discovering Morus Intrepidus is important as it fills a 70 million year gap between family members of the tyrannosaurs in North America.
20. It likey crossed the Land bridge from Asia to America (Earth looked very different 100 million years ago) As similar looking dinosaurs have been found in Asia.
21. Morus Intrepidus is one of the easier dinosaur names to say even though it has five syllables. We say it like this Moor – us – in – trep – id- us
The Morus Intrepidus may have been introduced as small enough to eat from a giganotosaurus mouth. Unless it was a very young one! They were a big enough predator to scare dinosaurs bigger, and would have been both fast and agile to go with their sharp teeth!
Although the jurassic World – Dominion Movie has only given use a peek at them so far, we hope they are going to be at least a little bigger in the full movie!
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