December 7, 2017

Reconstruction of Halszkaraptor escuilliei (Image courtesy Lukas Panzarin and Andrea Cau)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the discovery of a species of dinosaur related to Velociraptor but with semi-aquatic habits that lived about 75 million years ago in today’s Mongolia. Called Halszkaraptor escuilliei, it had physical characteristics and a life style closer to those of modern swans than to its cousins ​​of the time. For this reason, a team of researchers led by Andrea Cau of the University of Bologna believes that it was part of a new group of dinosaurs.