The discovery of a dinosaur the size of a chicken, 110 million years old!
A recent discovery about the world of dinosaurs , arouses scientists’ confusion and curiosity to learn more about their mysterious world. The discovery of a dinosaur the size of a chicken overturns the common idea about its true size.
Although they were extinct and disappeared from Earth millions of years ago, dinosaurs are still a concern of scientists. Dinosaurs are famous for their huge size and the idea that they were gigantic animals, but discoveries have proven otherwise. The most recent discovery was a dinosaur the size of a chicken.
About 110 million years ago, a dinosaur with two the size of a chicken lived by hunting insects and perhaps some small vertebrates such as frogs and lizards along the shores of an ancient lake in northeastern Brazil.
Scientists said that the internal body of the dinosaur, who lived in the Cretaceous period, is normal, as its skeleton is similar to the structures of many small dinosaurs in the Jurassic period prior to the Cretaceous period.
However, his appearance from the outside, he looked different. The dinosaur, which was called “operagara gobatos”, had a crest with a hair-like structure on its back and needles that resemble ribbons from its body were produced from keratin, which is the same substance as hair and nails.
David Martell, a professor of paleontology at the University of Portsmouth in England, who co-led a study on dinosaurs published in the Cretaceous Research Journal, said: “There are a lot of strange dinosaurs but this dinosaur looks nothing like any of them.” He added, “Most likely, what was on his body appeared to be hair from afar and not feathers. The hair on his back was very long and gave him a kind of convention, which is unique to dinosaurs.”
Martell notes that the needles exiting the dinosaur’s body might have been used to show off, attract a female, intimidate opponents, or compete between males. He added that such ostentation is often characteristic of male animals, such as the peacock and its long colored feathers, which leads him to believe that the dinosaur “Uberagara Gobatos” was a male. It is impossible to show us whether the body of this dinosaur was colored, Martell said, but he strongly suggested that.