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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Hell's Chicken

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, March 21, 2014/Categories: natural history, birds

If you happened to be wandering about a late Cretaceous landscape, ~60-70 million years ago, you might have encountered a 500lb chicken-like feathered dinosaur that looked like a cross between an ostrich and a velociraptor.

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Hell's Chicken (credit: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Utah, Smithsonian)

Researchers from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the University of Utah, and others announced in  PloS-One  the fossil discovery made near Hells Creek, South Dakota that is now on display at the museum in Pittsburgh.


Reconstructed Fossil, Anzu wyliei Anzu, a bird-lie demon in Mesopotamian Mythology
(credit: Carnegie Museum of Natural History & University of Utah)

Personally, I'd want to say far away from this clucking critter.

WHB



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