Punch on: Open thread 05/04/2012
Yesterday’s open thread had some cute chicks. Today we’ve got super-sized chicks. Meet Yutyrannus huali - the name means ‘beautiful feathered tyrant’ and it’s a newly discovered species of dinosaur, and the biggest feathered animal known to science.
The adult Yut would have weighed in at 1400kg. The discovery has been published today in Nature. The Advertiser‘s science reporter Clare Peddie writes that lead author Professor Xu Xing, from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing said the feathers were “simple filaments”.
“They were more like the fuzzy down of a modern baby chick than the stiff plumes of an adult bird,” he said.
Nawwww. Really couldn’t eat a whole one, though. Share your favourite poultry recipes below, or chat about anything that takes your fancy.
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