Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fossils in Utah suggest giant turkeylike dinosaur

Can you imagine a 7-foot-tall Wild Turkey? That's how paleontologists envision the dinosaur that lived in southern Utah.

The dinosaur had a strong toothless beak, powerful arms and formidable claws that made it capable of eating animals and plants. Large feathers grew on its hind end, giving it a resemblance to a turkey, [doctoral student Lindsay] Zanno said.

Scientists are not sure what purpose the feathers served, but it was not for flying. "It's quite different from modern birds," she said.
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