The Chicken From Hell, the "birdlike dinosaur" that was some 7 feet tall that weighed around 500 pounds, now has a scientific name:
The creature was formally introduced to the scientific community Wednesday as scientists published a description and analysis of its anatomy, and finally bestowed a name: Anzu wyliei. The moniker comes from a mythological feathered demon plus the name of a Carnegie museum trustee's grandson.
The dinosaur lived some 66 million to 68 million years ago in a hot and humid landscape, rather like the Louisiana bayou, he said. It ate plants and maybe small animals when it wasn't fleeing from a hungry and much bigger T. [...]
This amazing Slate piece takes to task America’s choices for official state birds as “a big joke.” Apparently, governmental ornithologists (or whoever makes the bird decisions around here) demonstrated “a general lack of thought” and didn’t even “research the bill color” of their selections.
It's a fun read, even though the author failed to recognize that at least one state should have a dinosaur for a state bird, because same diff. Maybe Utah—they find a lot of fossils there. Extinction doesn't matter. Grizzly bears are extinct in California, and they still have one on the flag.
You do not need children to make this happen. But blue food coloring is mandatory.
First there was this, in which the legendary nature narrator David Attenborough presided over the unveiling of the "largest and most intact" pliosaur skull known to man. The video is neither long enough nor satisfying enough, so if you want more, come down here. If there are any dinosaur nerds in the crowd, yes, some of them are plesiosaurs.