Quote of the day: "Fanged vampire parrot"

A newly unveiled species of dinosaur

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 4, 2012 10:31PM (EDT)


Paleontologists at the University of Chicago recently unveiled a species of dinosaur, Pegomastax africanus. The small, cat-size creature lived around 200 million years ago, scientists believe. As the Guardian reported, Professor Paul Sereno, who discovered the dinosaur fossil, colorfully described what he believes the dinosaur once looked like:

"It looks like a fanged vampire parrot ... And it probably had bristles, too. So it was a bristled, vampire parrot-like dinosaur."

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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