Remember our story about scientists who studied the movements of Tyrannosaurus Rex by sticking fake dinosaur tails on chickens? Well, today we've got the perfect follow-up, because a team of paleontologists recently discovered what looks like the biggest mother-clucker of them all.
Image: Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Described by the team as the “chicken from hell,” the two-legged feathered dinosaur Anzu wyliei (named after a winged demon in Aztec mythology) is the largest known species of oviraptor ever unearthed in North America. The nearly-intact skeleton was unearthed at Hell Creek, a formation spanning North and South Dakota rich in fossil specimens. Before this discovery, the only well-preserved oviraptorosaur fossils had been found in Asia, and experts theorized that the creatures had crossed between continents on a land bridge during the Cretaceous period.
Image: National Geographic
National Geographic posted concept images of the mega-bird, which sports long legs, large hands with curved, razor-sharp claws, bony spikes in its mouth, and a stubby, feathered tail.