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Anzu, the Mesopotamian Bird Demon

Ep. 213

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Host Matthew Donald and guest co-host Don Hall discuss Anzu, a dinosaur that looks so damn much like a bird it’s hard to believe it’s not in the clade of theropods that evolved into them. Them dinos really wanted them feathers. From the late Cretaceous, this 13-foot oviraptorosaur lived alongside some famous heavy-hitters like T. rex and Triceratops, and may I say the name Anzu really stands out among those, and not really in a good way. “Here in the Hell Creek Formation, we’ve got Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops, Edmontosaurus, and… Anzu!” See, it doesn’t work! Try again, paleontologists.


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