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Researchers dub 66 million-year-old dinosaur discovery the ‘chicken from hell’

20
Mar
2014

The Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and Brontosaurus are the celebrities of the dinosaur world, though none of those have come attached to nicknames quite as memorable as the chicken from hell. Thats the moniker for the Anzu wyliei, a newly-classified dinosaur that lived some 66 million years ago, and whose fossilized remains were dug up from a section of the Hell Creek Formation between North and South Dakota (hence the name). Details about the creature were detailed in a paper published today, and co-authored by researchers from the Smithsonian, the University of Utah, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which currently houses the fossils. According to Carnegie Museum paleontologist Matthew Lamanna, who spoke with the Washington Post, the Anzu was a cross between a bird and more traditionally-established dinosaurs like a brontosaurus, making it an unusual find. The creature has been classified a part of the Oviraptorosaurs group, egg-laying, feathered dinosaurs whose fossilized remains have been found in Asia and North America.

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