Scientists discover dino dubbed ‘Chicken from Hell’

This is a picture of what scientists have nicknamed the "Chicken from Hell." The new dinosaur's proper name is "Anzu Wyliei." (CNN/University of Utah)

UTAH (CNN/University of Utah) — Paleontologists unveiled a new dinosaur, and judging from its name, you’ve got to see this thing.

This is a picture of what scientists have nicknamed the “Chicken from Hell.” The new dinosaur’s proper name is “Anzu Wyliei.”

The discovery was announced Wednesday in the Scientific Journal “Plos One,” Journal of the Public Library of Science.

Scientists say you can think of it as a “really weird-looking bird.” But this “bird” weighed about 500 pounds, stood about 10 feet high, and had very large hands with sharp claws.

Scientists say the Anzu ate small animals, vegetation and possibly eggs.

A team of paleontologists made the discovery after piecing together skeletal remains from three different sites in North- and South Dakota.

A replication of its skeleton is on display inside Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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