Meet the T. Rex’s Smaller Alaskan Cousin, Named for the Polar Bear

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March 14 2014 4:30 PM

A  T. Rex Named for a Polar Bear

Meet Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, the terror of the Late Cretaceous Arctic.

Cranial fossils of Nanuqsaurus hoglundi were collected from the Kikak-Tegoseak Quarry in northern Alaska in 2006, but now a new paper identifies the dinosaur as a member of the tyrannosaur lineage. Its name comes from the Inupiat word for polar bear.

Dallas Jensen is a regular video contributor to Slate.

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