April 04, 2006

Quote of the Day

From the Physorg.com article "Utah Dinosaur Bones Reveal Missing Link in Evolution of Diet":

The plant-eating, elephant-sized Therizinosaurus – a name that means sickle lizard – was “the ultimate in bizarre,” resembling “a cross between an ostrich, a gorilla and Edward Scissorhands,” Zanno says.
It had feathers and ginormous sharp claws like scythes for gutting prey (a cousin is Velociraptor of Jurassic Park fame) but walked on its knuckles, was the size of an elephant and was evolving into a vegetarian.

This picture is of an early therizinosaur, Falcarius; imagine it turning into King Kong over time.

Therizinosaurs appear to have evolved in North America (back in the day - it was a different shape then) and from them all the therapsid or bird-hipped dinosaurs (everything from the long-necked brontosaurs to the allosaurs that ate them). This explains the title of the article - we found a carnivore turning into the first vegetarian dinos.

Linky.

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