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New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail

Bizarre Dinosaur
Posted at 10:03 PM, Dec 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-01 22:03:37-05

Scientists in Chile have found the fossils of a strange new dinosaur species.

This dog-sized dino had a tail weapon unlike the kind seen on any other animal.

It slashed instead of clubbed or stabbed.

Revealed in a study Wednesday, the dinosaur at first fooled researchers: They thought it was like a stegosaurus.

But it was actually part of a different armored dinosaur family that hadn't been seen much that far south.

Even though it is only distantly related to the stegosaurus, researchers call it stegorous.

The plant-eater lived about 72 million to 75 million years ago.