Dinosaur Nicknamed 'Chicken from Hell' Discovered

UPDATED 03/21/2014 at 04:30 PM EDT Originally published 03/21/2014 at 12:30 PM EDT



Nope, it's not an order of wings served at your local bar: the "Chicken from Hell" is a newly discovered dinosaur – and by the looks of it, it was quite scary.

Scientists recently discovered the bones of the Anzu Wyliei in a sedimentary rock layer known as the Hell Creek Formation in North and South Dakota (hence the nickname). It's believed the bizarre, feathery creature – which kind of resembles today's ostrich – was a hefty 500 lbs. and stood at a towering 10-ft. tall when it roamed Earth during the Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago.

According to The Washington Post, the bird-like dinosaur – the biggest oviraptorosaur species found in North America – was not actually a bird as its nickname suggests.



"It would have been a cross between a chicken and a lizard," said Tyler Lyson, a paleontologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Beyond its supposed appearance, researchers don't know a ton about the creature. For instance, "We have no evidence that it clucked or crowed," Carnegie Museum paleontologist Matthew Lamanna told the Post. And as for flavor (yes, he was asked)? Well let's just say it probably didn't taste like chicken …

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