New 'land and sea' velociraptor-like dinosaur discovered

  • Thursday 07, December 2017 in 6:31 PM
  • The fossil of the dinosaur Halszkaraptor
Sharjah 24-AFP:A new species of semi-aquatic dinosaurs that could kill prey on land and in water has been discovered by scientists, researchers.

The swan-necked and flipper-forelimbed creature was related to velociraptors -- made famous by the "Jurassic Park" films -- and lived about 75 million years ago, in what is now Mongolia.

"You have to imagine a mix between a velociraptor, an ostrich and a swan, with a nose of a crocodile and the wings of a penguin," said Paul Tafforeau, a paleontologist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, and co-author of the study.

Scientists made the discovery after studying a fossil, nicknamed "Halszka" for Halszkaraptor escuilliei, which was found at Ukhaa Tolgod in southern Mongolia, a well-known spot for dinosaur enthusiasts searching for the skeletal remains of the long-lost creatures.