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'Vampire' dinosaur had bristles and fangs

Posted on Thursday, 4 October, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Hasina


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Pegomastax would have lived 200 million years ago and could shed light on the evolution of other species.

One of the most unusual dinosaurs, Pegomastax sported a set of vampire-like fangs along with a coat of porcupine-like bristles and a beak like a parrot. A relatively small creature at 2 feet in length it would have resembled something like a two-legged porcupine. "The bristles were not quite as strong as a porcupine's, and they don't look as if they were especially effective for insulation," said paleontologist Paul Sereno. "Perhaps they had colors and helped differentiate species, or made Pegomastaxlook bigger than it actually was to potential predators."

It is believed that its set of vampire-like fangs would have been used in conjunction with its beak to help it break open seeds, nuts and fruits. "It would have looked like Dracula," said Sereno. "Probably appropriate, since we're now moving toward Halloween."

"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."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by King Fluffs on 4 October, 2012, 16:58
Nightmare material... we meet again.
Comment icon #9 Posted by mushymopman on 4 October, 2012, 16:59
looks like a chubacabrasaurus
Comment icon #10 Posted by thewild on 4 October, 2012, 18:00
he's awesome!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Arbitran on 4 October, 2012, 19:52
Ah, fascinating specimen. Pegomastax is certainly one of the more bizarre dinosaurs we've uncovered so far.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 4 October, 2012, 22:29
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.
Comment icon #13 Posted by wolfknight on 5 October, 2012, 14:37
Cool looking little dino
Comment icon #14 Posted by jolko on 5 October, 2012, 22:31
its the la chupacabra
Comment icon #15 Posted by Paranomali on 22 October, 2012, 6:41
That is one seriously cool dino
Comment icon #16 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 22 October, 2012, 19:41
So cool. I want one for a pet.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado on 13 December, 2012, 18:44
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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