Siats meekerorum, as the new species has been dubbed, takes its name from a cannibalistic man-eating monster from tribal legends of the Ute people who live chiefly in Colorado and Utah. Siats (prounced SEE-atch) is one of the three largest carnivorous dinosaurs ever discovered in North America. As a species of carcharodontosaur, Siats comes from a line of distinguished predators. The carcharodontosaur group of dinosaurs includes some of the largest predatory carnivore dinosaurs ever discovered.
Only one other carcharodontosaur, the Acrocanthosaurus, has been discovered in North America. Discovered more than half a century ago, Acrocanthosaurus lived about 10 million years before its newfound relative.
“It’s been 63 years since a predator of this size has been named from North America,” said Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
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