Apparently Duck Dinosaurs Were a Thing

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 7, 2017

The relatively small creature only measures about 18 inches tall and is said to be kind of like a duck, but with crocodilian teeth, massive claws, and swan-like neck.

An worldwide team of researchers used 3D synchrotron analysis to study the fossil, which revealed that the dinosaur lived in present-day Mongolia during the Cretaceous Period.

"The fossil was so complete, beautifully preserved, and at the same time so enigmatic and freaky, with a completely unexpected mix of odd features".

The fossil, which was found at Ukhaa Tolgod, had previously been dug up by poachers and smuggled to fossil black markets in Europe, National Geographic reported. "Illegally exported from Mongolia, Halszka resided in private collections around the world before it was acquired in 2015 and offered to palaeontologists for study and to prepare its return to Mongolia". "This technique is now the most powerful and sensitive method to image internal details without damaging invaluable fossils". "So far, it's the specimen for which the greatest number of experiments were made on a single fossil".

Like modern aquatic predators, this dinosaur's face seems to have had an exquisite sense of touch, useful for finding prey in murky waters.

The odd turkey-sized, bird-like creature boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and lived in on rivers and lakes.

Halszka may be a unusual dinosaur, but it claims the title as the first amphibious dinosaur ever discovered, adapting to life on both land and water.

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"Even in very well-known sites, we can still find new animals and show that they have an incredible diversity of forms that we never even expected before".

University of Alberta paleontologist Philip Currie, another of the researchers, added: "In water, it probably was a slow-moving swimmer, perhaps similar to a swan".

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