By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline
Published: 17:58 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 18:00 GMT, 14 February 2020
The fossilised remains of a 90-million-year-old carnivorous dinosaur distantly related to the infamous T-rex have been discovered in Argentina.
The beast, christened Tralkasaurus cuyi, was a flesh-eating 13-foot long dinosaur. Its name means 'terrible reptile' in the local Mapuche language common in Patagonia.
The new species would have been dwarfed by its distant cousin, the Tyrannosaurus rex, which could grow to more than 40 feet in length.
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Vertebrate Paleontologist Sebastián Rozadilla's impression of the Tralkasaurus cuyi, which is the first species to be described in the Tralkasaurus genus
Remains of the dinosaur – including fragments of skull, teeth, ribs, hip and tail – were discovered in the central Argentine province of Rio Negro.
The dinosaur skeleton was found at a plateau called El Cuy at the Violante Farm fossil site.
It is thought the predator feasted on smaller herbivorous dinosaurs known as iguanodontes.
These have been found by the same team of palaeontologists in nearby locations, along with other species such as turtles and lizards.
Map of El Cuy region showing the Violante farm fossil site where remains of the new species were discovered
Mauricio Cerroni at the Bernardino Rivadavia Museum of Natural Science in Buenos Aires. Left, maxillary bone, which is of the upper fixed bone of the jaw
Just like the T. rex, this new species in the Tralkasaurus genus was a short-necked and muscular biped with four claws on each of its hind legs.
Its arms were very short in comparison to the rest of its body and the bones of the creature's extremities were light and hollow.
'The size of the Tralkasaurus body is smaller than other carnivores in its group – the abelisaurids,' said Dr Federico Agnolin, an investigator from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences.
Remains of Tralkasaurus cuyi found in