Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meet Anzu Wyliei - "Chicken from Hell"

A birdlike dinosaur some 2.1 metres tall (7 feet) that weighed around 226 kilograms (500 pounds) roamed western North America on its long, slender hind legs.
The dinosaur’s remains were excavated from the uppermost level of the Hell Creek rock formation in North and South Dakota.

The dinosaur lived some 66 million to 68 million years ago in a hot and humid landscape, much like the Louisiana bayou. It ate plants and maybe small animals. The dino is one of the earliest oviraptorosaurs, so it lived close to the dinosaur extinction event, when an asteroid struck Earth 65 million years ago.
Its scientific name refers to Anzu, a bird-like demon in Mesopotamian mythology, and wyliei, after a boy named Wylie.

Oviraptorosaurs are a group of dinosaurs that are closely related to birds and often have strange, cassowary-like crests on their heads.