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woensdag 6 december 2017

TOP STORY: Duck-like dinosaur took to water

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Duck-like dinosaur took to water
Synchrotron scanning reveals amphibious ecomorphology in a new clade of bird-like dinosaurs
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A new dinosaur species with a swan-neck and flipper-forelimbs spent at least some time living in water. Halszkaraptor escuilliei lived during the Campanian stage of the Cretaceous (about 71–75 million years ago) in what is now Mongolia. The authors interpret these features as those of a new species of amphibious theropod that walked on two legs on land, with postural adaptations similar to ducks, but used its flipper-like forelimbs to manoeuvre in water, relying on its long neck for foraging and ambush hunting.

The findings are reported in Nature this week.

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