Giant bird-like dinosaur remains found in China

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Giant bird-like dinosaur remains found in China

Scientists have discovered the remains of a giant bird-like dinosaur, which is around the same size as a tyrannosaur at 5 metres tall. The discovery indicates a more complex evolutionary process for birds that what was originally known.

Gigantoraptor Elrianensis also had a beak, slender legs and likely had feathers. Mark Norell, curator of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History said:

"It's one of the last groups of dinosaurs that we would expect to be that big" and it shows "how little we know about the diversity in the dinosaur world".

The creature is estimated to have walked the Earth around 70 million years ago.

Gigantoraptor Elrianensis

Photos credits: Claro Cortes IV/Reuters; Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology/Associated Press.

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Sunday 17th June 2007 | 06:20 PM

The picture is wrong. The human should be on the back of the bird, and the two should be sharing a plate of cous-cous and some polenta. I saw it at the museum.

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Wednesday 20th June 2007 | 01:30 PM

You forgot to add that there was probably a backdrop of 50 million year old Wollomalloo pines growing in abundance.
Intelligent discussion?

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Tuesday 19th June 2007 | 10:26 PM

No one will ever accuse you of that ;-)

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