Paleontologists have found the remains of a new dinosaur species in China. It’s a raptor not unlike those recently seen in the blockbuster Jurassic World and researchers have dubbed the creature “The Feathered Poodle From Hell”.
The animal is believed to have been a cousin of the famous Velociraptor. It was a fast runner, a meat lover, it grew to be roughly six (6) feet long, weighed roughly 40 pounds, had giant, colorful feather sticking out of its tail, and roamed the Earth about 125 million years ago
The dinosaur was covered in three (3) separate layers of feathers that looked similar to “quill pens” and sported a pair of wings. It closely resembled a modern day bird. Unfortunately, the experts informed that the creature was most likely unable to fly as its wings were too small and too weak to carry an animal the size of the Feathered Poodle From Hell.
Dr. Steve Brusatte, co-author of the study and member of the School of GeoSciences (Edinburgh), gave a statement stressing that even though the creature is a close cousin of the Velociraptor’s, it looks exactly like a bird. In fact, if people were to see one today, they could very easily confuse it with a vulture or a turkey.
Stephen Brusatte, study co-author and paleontologist from Scotland, gave a statement of his own, informing that this is the first time ever that researchers have found wings on a dinosaur this big, and one with short arms.
He admitted that paleontologist don’t yet have an evolutionary reason for why The Feathered Poodle From Hell had wings, but one working theory is that the species might have evolved from other winged dinosaurs, ones that did fly.
Junchang Lü, another study co-author and professor over at the Institute of Geology from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, gave a statement of his own sharing that the discovery of the new creature suggest that the variety of feathered dinosaurs is even bigger than the experts previously thought.
The newly discovered species is officially called Zhenyuanlong Suni, named in honor of Zhenyuan Sun, the researcher who discovered the remains this past Thursday (July 16, 2015). The fossil is extremely well preserved and contains almost all of the bones found in the creature’s body. The name also incorporates the Chinese version of the word “dragon”.
The international team of paleontologists mentioned that the Velociraptor would have physically resembled The Feathered Poodle From Hell, not the reptilian creatures often seen in movies.
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