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  • 20 March 2014, 10:12

'Chicken From Hell': 10ft Bird Dinosaur Revealed

A 10ft tall bird-like dinosaur dubbed the "chicken from hell" has been revealed by scientists.

Anzu Wyliei weighed 500lbs and lived alongside Tyrannosaurus rex 66 million years ago.

It sported a cockscomb crest on top of its head and also had rudimentary feathers, sharp claws and a toothless beak.

It is thought to have eaten both vegetation and small animals.

Dr Matt Lamanna, from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, said: "We jokingly call this thing the 'chicken from hell', and I think that's pretty appropriate."

The dinosaur bones were found at sites in North and South Dakota, but it took scientists years to fully investigate them. Some of the remains of three of the creatures were pieced together to make an almost complete skeleton.

Report co-author Dr Emma Schachner, from the University of Utah, said: "It was a giant raptor, but with a chicken-like head and presumably feathers.

"The animal stood about 10ft tall, so it would be scary as well as absurd to encounter."

The first part of the dinosaur's name derived from a bird-like demon in Mesopotamian mythology.

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