Big-armed ‘goofy and weird’ dinosaur discovered

It also measured 16 feet tall, 36 feet long and weighed 7 tons. (NBC/KIGAM VIA APTN)

HWASEONG, South Korea (NBC/KIGAM VIA APTN) — Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found the bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome creature with killer claws. Scientists have now found the rest of the dinosaur and are describing it as goofy and weird.

The dinosaur, some 70 million years old, probably lumbered along on two legs. It also measured 16 feet tall, 36 feet long and weighed 7 tons. It had a duckbill on its head and a hump-like sail on its back. Now throw in those killer claws, feathers here and there, and no teeth. And if that’s not enough, the creature ate like a giant vacuum cleaner.

That’s the “deinocheirus mirificus,” which means “terrible hands that look peculiar.” It is newly reimagined after a full skeleton was found in Mongolia and described in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature.

The study’s lead author and director of the Geological Museum in Daejeon, South Korea, said he didn’t discover a new species of dinosaur but rather confirmed the identity of the deinocheirus — of which only the front foot existed in the past.

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