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'Dracula' dinosaur had bristles and fangs

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'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.

Source: http://www.foxnews.c.../#ixzz28GfOiYEl

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

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

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looks like it should breath fire

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

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Awesome new avatar for someone

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Mommy, mommy, I want one!

Now, seriously, this is cool stuff.

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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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Nightmare material... we meet again.

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looks like a chubacabrasaurus

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he's awesome!

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

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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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Cool looking little dino

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That is one seriously cool dino

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So cool. I want one for a pet. :yes:

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The 200-million-year-old dinosaur "was two-legged, probably fleet-footed, and had grasping hands,"

Sounds more like a shoplifter on speed than Dracula, imo.

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