Upload

Loading icon Loading...

This video is unavailable.

Terrifying New Dinosaur Named for J.R.R. Tolkien's Sauron

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like Slate .Video's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike Slate .Video's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add Slate .Video's video to your playlist.

Published on Nov 7, 2012

A new dinosaur that would make the T-rex nervous has been unearthed in Morocco.

The 40-foot behemoth, Sauroniops pachytholus, is named after Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings, because it's only been identified so far by a single skull fossil that included a large eye socket. The huge theropod, with a bump on its head and razor-sharp teeth, stalked prey near North African deltas 95 million years ago.

Though Sauroniops is thought to be as large as T. rex, researchers say they can't be definitive with just a skull fossil. Regardless, their discovery is timely, keeping Middle Earth in our minds just as a new Hobbit film is released next month.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Loading icon Loading...

Advertisement
Loading...
Working...
Sign in to add this to Watch Later

Add to