A strange type of dinosaur found in Southern Chile is puzzling paleontologists from all over the world, who describe it as “one of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever found.”
The unusual creature, named “Chilesaurus diegosuarezi,” belongs to the same dinosaur group as Tyrannosaurus rex – theropods – and was a plant-eater.
"The most interesting (aspect) about Chilesaurus is the story that it tells about how evolution works," paleontologist Fernando Novas of the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires, told Reuters.
"The skeletal anatomy of Chilesaurus gathers characteristics of different dinosaur groups, like a floor is composed of mosaics of different shapes and colors. No other dinosaurs exhibit such a combination or mixture of features," he added.
This must be the Platypus of the Dinosaur Family.
Or just another example of horizontal gene transfer like occurred during the Cambrian Explosion?