A research project, published this week in the journal Nature, sheds light on the bizarre halszkaraptor — a dinosaur so unusual that scientists are hailing it as a new species. "What is very special about it is that it looks very weird. It doesn’t look like any other dinosaur that we know so far," Vincent Fernandez, a paleontologist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and co-author of the study, told The Guardian. About the size of a goose, the dinosaur boasted a long tail, a curved, elegant neck and a duck-like bill. While that may seem all bird to you, the halszkaraptor is considered non-avian. It's also a close cousin to the Cretaceous Period’s famously ferocious velociraptor.
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