Category: dinosaurs

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Missouri, April 14, 1922

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In 2017, a new dinosaur was discovered – but many thought it was just a fake. You see, the dinosaur’s remains made it appear the species lived both on land and in water, a very rare thing. Also it was originally found and sold to the black market in Mongolia. Not exactly the history to inspire confidence in an upstanding scientist. But eventually it was all sorted out, the new dinosaur was named, and so here’s what we know so far about this new species.

The animal was closely related to the Velociraptor and lived around 75 million years ago. Its name was Halszkaraptor escuilliei, named after paleontologist Halszka Osmolska and fossil collector Francois Escuillie. The dinosaur’s physical characteristics were weird. It was about the size of a mallard, had razor-sharp claws, a duck-billed snout, and a long swan-like neck. Although it could run on land, it displayed many traits typical of amphibious creatures that are found today in modern birds and reptiles.

Despite its appearance and amphibious lifestyle, Halszkaraptor escuilliei is not a distant descendent of modern birds. Paleontologists therefore believe that a Halszkaraptor escuilliei is the start of a previously unknown subfamily! Pretty neat for a species that started its journey to discovery on the black market.

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