Posted on Thursday, 5 April, 2012 | 13 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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The largest feathered dinosaur ever found has been unearthed in Liaoning province, China.
Named Yutyrannus huali meaning 'beautiful feathered tyrant', the new species of dinosaur would have been a bipedal carnivore related to Tyrannosaurus rex that lived in the mid-Cretaceous period. "The feathers of Yutyrannus were simple filaments," said fossil hunter Xu Xing. "They were more like the fuzzy down of a modern baby chick than the stiff plumes of an adult bird." While not as large as a T-Rex, Yutyrannus would have been 40 times heavier than the previously known largest feathered dinosaur.
"It is by far the biggest feathered dinosaur ever to have been unearthed and raises intriguing questions as to why some of these scaly reptiles developed plumage."