Temporal range: Late Triassic
Tawa hallae dino 01.jpg
An artist's illustration of Tawa hallae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Genus: Tawa
Nesbitt et al., 2009
Species: T. hallae
Binomial name
Tawa hallae
Nesbitt et al., 2009

Tawa is the name given to a very recently (as of December 2009) discovered dinosaur, thought to be an ancestor of T-Rex. It is named after a Pueblo sun god. Tawa is thought to have feathers, very unusual for a Triassic dinosaur! It is thought to have lived around 215 mya, in the Middle Triassic. Not very much is known about Tawa, but hope is that extensive research and analysis will help unlock the history of the dinosaurs' evolutionary chain. Maybe proof will appear that it is related to T-Rex, after all!

Fact File

  • Height = Estimated 1m
  • Length = 2m
  • Weight = 20 kg
  • Diet = Carnivore|Carnivorous
  • Found = New Mexico U.S.A


As very little is known about Tawa it is very difficult to accurately tell its eating habits. However, it is most likely that it lived on similar diets to Herrerasaurus and Eoraptor, mainly eating small lizards, insects and carrion. It is unknown as to whether or not it turned to cannibalism in hard times, like Coelophysis.


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