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The beautiful feathered tyrant

  • April 4, 2012 - 11:09 PM

 

• Named Yutyrannus huali, or "beautiful feathered tyrant"

• Predator lived 125 million years ago, 60 million years before Tyrannosaurus rex

• Weighed 3,000 pounds

• Was about 40 times the heft of Beipiaosaurus, the largest previously known feathered dinosaur

• Stretched about 30 feet from nose to tail

• Would have reached T. rex's chest

• Feathers were from 6 to 8 inches long

• The average temperature where Y. huali roamed was about 50 degrees, compared with 64 degrees elsewhere

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