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Ostrich-like dinosaur identified in Mongolia

Mongolia. Image by Mazzali / CC BY-SA 2.0

Paleontologists working in Mongolia have said that two sets of fossils found at a quarry there confirm the existence of a mysterious ostrich-like dinosaur: the Deinocheirus. The 10.5-metre-long dinosaur walked upright and had two long arms, a humped back and a big duck-like, toothless bill. Part of the bones, which were uncovered in 1965 and sold by fossil hunters, were found at a fossil shop in Belgium and will be returned to Mongolia. Read more: npr.org