Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Gargantuan "Chicken-Like Dinosaur" Fossil Found

The remains of a 26-foot-long, 3,100 pound "chicken-like dinosaur" were unearthed recently in China, according to a Discovery News report. The "biggest bird-like dinosaur" was the size of a T-Rex and to add terror to madness, this thing was a meat eater.

Check out the pic here. This thing was ugly, and resembles a chimera of sorts (a cross between a dog, snake and chicken, I'd say).

Dubbed "Gigantoraptor erlianensis," the creature lived about 85 million years ago and outweighs similar known species by 35 times. ""If you saw a mouse as big as a pig you would be very surprised," said Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher Xing Xu, who discovered Gigantoraptor in Mongolia.

What's particularly interesting about this find is that it may rewrite the book on dinosaur evolution. "The find may contradict an evolutionary theory that as carnivorous dinosaurs got smaller they became more bird like," according to the Discovery piece.


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