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Newly Discovered Dinosaur Looked a Lot Like a Chicken

It was smaller than the average man, too.

A new species of dinosaur had recently been discovered by a team of paleontologists in Liaoning, China, and this one looked an awful lot like a chicken. The team found a remarkably well-preserved, 125-million-year-old fossilized skeleton of the three-foot long animal. It’s called the Jianianhualong tengi, and it lived during the Cretaceous period.

The feathered dinosaur now represents the earliest known common ancestor of birds, as well as of the closely related bird-like dinosaurs. Nature Communications documents the new discovery, which offers new insights into the evolution of feathers and flight.

A newly discovered species of dinosaur looked a lot like a chicken.

The Jianianhualong tengi is now the earliest known troodontid, a group of bird-like dinosaurs, to feature asymmetric feathers. Its feathers had stiff quills and barbs that were longer on one side than the other. These asymmetric feathers are a key innovation associated with the evolution of flight. The troodontids, along with velociraptors, are the closest known relatives to birds.

According to the authors of the study, as documented in Nature Communications:

“Asymmetrical feathers have been associated with flight capability but are also found in species that do not fly, and their appearance was a major event in feather evolution.”

It is now known as the closest relative of modern-day birds.

It is still unclear whether or not the Jianianhualong tengi was capable of flight. Michael Pittman, a paleontologist at the University of Hong Kong and an author of the study, told National Geographic:

“It is extremely challenging to accurately reconstruct aerodynamic capabilities in early fossil birds and bird-like dinosaurs because there is a lot of missing data to deal with.”

It’s unclear yet whether the feathered dinosaur had flight capabilities.

Source: USA Today

According to the findings, the animal was smaller than today’s average man. It was about three feet long and weighed about as much as a Chihuahua.

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10 Rare Photos and Footage of Extinct Animals You Might Have Never Heard of Before

It’s a shame we don’t have them around anymore today.

Some only think of dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures when they hear the word 'extinct.' But there were many animals that lived until recent history, and humans have been lucky enough to document their existence.

It's a shame indeed that these animals are no longer around, but it's still worth getting to know them. Let this be a reminder to us, too, to take care of other creatures as well as our environment. A more responsible and sustainable existence can help us all live together in harmony.

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Family’s ‘Friendly’ Pet Lion Ends Up Attacking and Biting Their 15-Year-Old Son

Meanwhile, the uncle defends the lion may have only been playing with the victim.

Having a lion for a pet sounds like a strange idea but its owner claims the animal is friendly and harmless. So you can just imagine the family's shock and surprise when their beloved pet started attacking their 15-year-old son.

This recently happened in Saratov, a city in the southwestern part of Russia. According to the reports, Diniil, 15, was returning to the family home after sports practice when Maya, the lioness, suddenly “got out of the house when she squeezed through the door as the family's pet dogs were being let out for a run,” the Mirror tells us.

The teenager was surprised at the sight of the huge cat speeding towards him and so he began to panic and ran. Maya, however, quickly caught up with him and pinned him down, leaving him with several nasty bites. ...

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This Poor Curious Squid’s Life Got a Pretty Savage Ending

Such an abrupt end to a short life.

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It’s true what they say: “curiosity killed the cat,” or in this instance, squid. The wild has its full share of survival of the fittest occurrences, and what happens on land occurs underwater, as well. This video of an inquisitive cephalopod has a sad and abrupt ending when an even bigger creature grabs it in full view of the camera.

The footage comes courtesy of RV Investigator, a CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research) marine vessel. The state-of-the-art ship does deep sea oceanography research, as well as the geological exploration of ocean ecosystems and marine real estate for future resource exploration.

The ship's crew can tell you some pretty amazing things about the ocean.

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