Big and Birdlike: Chinese dinosaur was 3.5 meters tall

By Sid Perkins, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Paleontologists have unearthed the remains of an immense, fast-growing dinosaur whose body proportions don't match those predicted by the evolutionary trends that characterize its more diminutive kin.

The creature, one of a group of birdlike dinosaurs called oviraptors, strolled semiarid river valleys of what is now northern China about 70 million years ago. Aptly given the genus name Gigantoraptor, it stood 3.5 meters tall at its shoulder, measured about 8 m long, and probably tipped the sca...

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