The dinosaur ‘chicken from hell’

5:00pm, March 19, 2014

YOU BIG CHICKEN  With its feathered and clawed arms and a head crest, the newly discovered dinosaur Anzu wyliei may have looked like a reptilian version of a 3.5-meter-long chicken, as in this artist’s illustration.

A supersized chickenlike reptile with large, sharp claws and a toothless beak is the latest creature to earn the distinction of being called a dinosaur.

The creature is named Anzu wyliei, its genus named after a birdlike demon in Mesopotamian mythology, and the researchers describing the dinosaur jokingly refer to it as a “chicken from hell.” It is the second-largest birdlike, feathered dinosaur behind Gigantoraptor and the largest found in North America. The species probably roamed what are now the Dakotas 66 million to 68 million years ago with Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.

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