Thursday, October 15, 2009

Monstrous talons.(GRAPH IT/FOSSILS)(Brief article).

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Scientists have uncovered the bones of a dinosaur with three scary 22 centimeter (9 inch)-long claws on each hand. They identified the 93-million-year-old fossil (hardened traces of an ancient organism) as a therizinosaur, which means "reaper lizard." Even though it belonged to the same group of dinosaurs as the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex, this beast was a vegetarian.

Why the plant-eater had such crazy claws remains a mystery. The dine had other oddities, including a birdlike beak, a long neck, a potbelly, stumpy legs, and a short tail. "It's a very strange looking dinosaur," admits Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at the Field Museum in Chicago.


Nothronychus graffami would have towered over humans. How much taller was the dino than the person shown in the graph?

Source Citation:Binns, Corey. "Monstrous talons.(GRAPH IT/FOSSILS)(Brief article)." Science World 66.3 (Oct 5, 2009): 6(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 15 Oct. 2009

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