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'Dracula' dinosaur had bristles and fangs

fanged dwarf dinosaur species of plant-eater

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#1    Hasina

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:58 PM

'Dracula' dinosaur had bristles and fangs

A bizarre dinosaur had vampire-like fangs, a parrot beak and porcupine bristles, researchers say.

The ancient creature, which was found 50 years ago in southern Africa but drew relatively little attention until now, may shed light on the evolution of the major group of dinosaurs that included famous giants such as Stegosaurus and Triceratops.
The 200-million-year-old dinosaur "was two-legged, probably fleet-footed, and had grasping hands," said researcher Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago.

Named Pegomastax africanus, or "thick jaw from Africa," it was less than 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and weighed less than a house cat at 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) at most, "and was mostly tail and neck," Sereno added.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:09 PM

Oh now that is the type of dinosaur I would have liked to meet - he's cool!


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:34 PM

i wouldnt mind them bringing that back i could just kick it if i was in danger.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:55 PM

looks like it should breath fire

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:02 PM

You could just kick that little sucker out of the way and hope its not a ankle biter.


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:47 PM

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#7    ShadowOfMothman

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

Mommy, mommy, I want one!
Now, seriously, this is cool stuff.


#8    Karlis

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur from Africa Ate Plants

With tiny 1-inch long jaws, a new species of plant-eater has come to light in rocks in South Africa dating to the early dinosaur era, some 200 million years ago. This “punk-sized” herbivore is one of a menagerie of bizarre, tiny, fanged plant-eaters called heterodontosaurs, or “different toothed reptiles,” that were among the first dinosaurs to spread across the planet.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

Nightmare material... we meet again.


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

looks like a chubacabrasaurus


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:00 PM

he's awesome!


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:52 PM

Ah, fascinating specimen. Pegomastax is certainly one of the more bizarre dinosaurs we've uncovered so far.


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:29 PM

Its about time they dusted of some of these small dinosaurs and put them out for the public to see and let them have their accolades. :tu:


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:37 PM

Cool looking little dino


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:31 PM

its the la chupacabra





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