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Scientists discover 'chicken from Hell'

By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2014 · Comment icon 15 comments

Anzu had a peculiar crest on the top of its head. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Kabacchi
Archaeologists have unearthed a strange bird-like dinosaur dating back more than 66 million years.
Known as Anzu wyliei, the species would have resembled something of a cross between a bird and a reptile with its beak-like head, bony crest and a long lizard-like tail. A US team discovered definitive evidence of the creature in the form of fossils unearthed at sites in North and South Dakota.

"Anzu is really bizarre, even by dinosaur standards," said palaeontologist Hans Sues. "The skull has this extraordinarily tall and thin crest with a snout and a huge beak with sharp edges and a strange sliding jaw joint."
Its appearance, combined with the fact that some of the fossils were found at a location known as Hell Creek, lead researchers to nickname it "the chicken from Hell".

"We had inklings that there might be such a creature out there, but now with these bones we have 80% of the skeleton and can really look in detail at the structure of this animal and make inferences about its biology," said Sues.

Source: BBC News | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
When I read "chicken from hell" I imagined a large chicken covered in blood holding a knife with it's wing. I just imagined a meal at KFC
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eldorado 10 years ago
Wouldn't wanna run into one of them lol Maybe it was a harmless, fearful critter. A chicken chicken.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MJNYC 10 years ago
Did a search for an artist's rendering: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-20/chicken-from-hell-anzu-wyliei-feathered-dinosaur/5331422
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Maybe it's an ancestor to the guinea chicken. They are pretty mean. Farmers use them as te "watchdog" of the barnyard. They are very agressive to people they don't know. They also create one hell of a racket.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Zirna 10 years ago
Maybe it's an ancestor to the guinea chicken. They are pretty mean. Farmers use them as te "watchdog" of the barnyard. They are very agressive to people they don't know. They also create one hell of a racket. Knew a man who used guinea's as watch dogs for the gas pump at his store. He would keep a pile of corn right between the two pumps and the guinea's never wandered to far.
Comment icon #11 Posted by JustTerri 10 years ago
lol Maybe it was a harmless, fearful critter. A chicken chicken. Lol. Possibly but I have a real life fear of chickens. I know it sounds rediculous lol my aunt used to have a chicken coop on her farm and the rooster chased me when I was 5. Lol
Comment icon #12 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
Chicken from Hell? I call that rotisserie. Add sauce of choice and enjoy!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Frank Merton 10 years ago
Feed quite a few people; I understand it was the size of a medium size car.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Taun 10 years ago
I read the article and maybe I misssed it, but how do they know that this critter had feathers?... Not contesting the idea, just curious...
Comment icon #15 Posted by hammerclaw 10 years ago
Dinosaur young, at various stages of growth, filled all the ecological niches that different sized mammal species fill today.


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