The long-tailed creature is the largest of the legendary “egg-thief” dinosaurs.
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Nicknamed the "chicken from hell," a newly identified species of feathered dinosaur as tall as a human roamed North America at least 66 million years ago, paleontologists announced Wednesday.A collection of fossilized bones from three separate dinosaurs provided the first nearly complete glimpse of the 3.5 meter beast that stood 1.5 meters high at the hip.The Anzu specimens are dated to between 66 and 68 million years ago, very close to the end of the dinosaur era some 65 million years ago, when an asteroid is believed to have wiped them out.Currie said he still believed, however, that other dinos' eggs were a part of Anzu's diet, based on the shape of its jaws, which had a hollow that was sized just right for an egg and protrusions on the roof for crushing it.Since dinosaurs only laid eggs at certain times, Anzu wyliei – which was distantly related to the T. rex – likely ate other creatures, too.
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