Huge, toothless dinosaur finally reconstructed from two skeletons – Deinocheirus mirificus


An article in Nature reports on the newly characterized and reconstructed dinosaur Deinocheirus mirificus, which means ‘unusual horrible hands’. A great news article summarizing the study at Christian Science Monitor has more info.

…the largest dinosaur of its type yet found – Deinocheirus mirificus, a 70-million-year-old, 6.4-ton, 36-foot-long creature vaguely resembling a cross between a pumped-up prehistoric Big Bird and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Scientists have assembled two partial skeletons that together present a nearly complete picture of the animal – once known only by a smattering of shoulder bones and two forearms roughly eight feet long.

The abstract of the study is available at NCBI.

Deinocheirus mirificus – “unusual horrible hands” walking – Deinocheirus mirificus reconstructed based on two almost complete skeletons.

Super cool scientific art: How will humans be represented in the fossil record? #ErikHagen

Artist Erik Hagen considers what the legacy of humankind will be millions of years from now.

Fossils of the Anthropocene runs in the AAAS Art Gallery through November 19.