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this weird, water-loving dinosaur has claws like a velociraptor and a neck like a goose – los angeles times

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this weird, water-loving dinosaur has claws like a velociraptor and a neck like a goose – los angeles times

if it walks like a duck and swims like a duck, it might be a dinosaur. scientists have discovered a flippered theropod dinosaur that appears to have spent much of its life in water.the fossil of halszkaraptor escuilliei, described in the journal nature, reveals a strange dinosaur that defies paleontologists’ expectations: one that mixes the traits of theropod dinosaurs with those of aquatic or semi-aquatic birds and reptiles today.“the first time i saw the fossil i was shocked,” said lead author andrea cau, a paleontologist at the geological and palaeontological museum giovanni capellini in italy. “it was so unexpected and bizarre.”h. escuilliei lived some 75 million years ago, during the cretaceous period. it was a theropod, a largely carnivorous group of dinosaurs whose members included tyrannosaurus rex and the ancestors of all living birds.h. escuilliei, called halszka for short, was part of the dromaeosauridae, a group of feathered theropods that included velociraptor and that were not birds or bird ancestors, but closely related to them. while no feathers survived on this specimen, halszka probably sported plumage and it had a somewhat bird-like bill that was still not a true beak (in part because it housed several teeth).halszka had a long, swan-like neck, was the size of a goose, and it probably spent much of its time in lakes and rivers eating small fish, crustaceans and small animals such as lizards, cau said. in this dino-eat-dino world, its predators may...