Beep! Beep! New roadrunner dinosaur unearthed in China

by Anonymous on Mar. 30th, 2010

Xixianykus zhangi: Illustration of the roadrunner dinosaur.
Xixianykus zhangi: Illustration of the roadrunner dinosaur.Courtesy Matt van Rooijen
A new dinosaur, one of the smallest known and resembling a modern roadrunner, has been discovered in the Henan province of China. The Late Cretaceous therapod, named Xixianykus zhangi, had short thigh bones (femurs) in relation to its long lower leg and foot bones (tibia, fibula, and metatarsals), making it well-suited for running and fast getaways. The Canadian and British scientists who discovered Xixianykus speculate it ate ants and other small insects. Their study appears in the science journal Zootaxa.


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