Introducing: The Chicken From Hell
Today, scientists unveiled a 500-pound, 10-foot-tall bird-like dinosaur they’re calling “the chicken from hell.” You can hear Chris Joyce’s radio piece about it here. It’s real name is Anzu wyliei:
Anzu after a bird-like demon in Mesopotamian mythology, and wyliei after a boy named Wylie, the dinosaur-loving grandson of a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh trustee.
An odd pairing for an odd creature.
It apparently roamed what is now the Dakotas (a region actually called Hell’s Creek) around the time of the T. rex, no doubt striking fear in the hearts of many with it’s terrible “CLUCK!”
1) A. wyliei is believed to have feathers along it’s arms, probably used for courtship or threat displays. (Illustration by Mark Klingler, Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
2) A. wyliei’s crested skull. (Maggie Starbard, NPR)
3) Tyler Lyson, who has been hunting fossils since childhood, participated in the excavation and description of the new species. Here, he holds an Anzu scapula. (Maggie Starbard, NPR)
4) The A. wyliei claw. (Maggie Starbard, NPR)