Goofy Dinosaur Blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A newly rediscovered dinosaur has scientists pulling out descriptions like goofy and weird.
Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found two large arm bones in Mongolia and figured they came from a fearsome dinosaur with killer claws. Now, the rest of the skeleton has been found, revealing that the beast is just weird.
The creature probably lumbered along like a cross between the TV dinosaur Barney and Jar Jar Binks of Star Wars fame. It was 16 feet tall and 36 feet long, weighing seven tons, with a duckbill on its head and a hump-like sail on its back. It had tufts of feathers and no teeth. It ate like a giant vacuum cleaner.
A paper describing the beast, called Deinocheirus mirificus (DY'-noh'-KY-ruhs mur-IHF'-ee-kuhs) was released Wednesday by the journal Nature.
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