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Duck-Like Dinosaur Split Time Between Water, Land, Study Says

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:08 PM

A new study of a recently discovered duck-like dinosaur fossil suggests that unlike most dinosaurs, it hunted and swam in nearby lakes and rivers in what is now Mongolia.

Halszkaraptor escuillieii, nicknamed Halszka, is thought to have lived 70 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period and probably resembled a duck, with a flexible backbone and flipper-like front feet to help it swim and small teeth to help it catch and eat small fish, National Geographic reported.

Unlike Spinosaurus, one of only a few known swimming dinosaurs that probably spent most of its time in water, however, Halszka’s strong back legs seemed to show that it split its time more equally between water and land, according to National Geographic.

Halszka was about the size of a goose with a long neck like a swan, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The study, published in the journal Nature, looked at a fossil that was embedded in a rock and was nearly complete. The fossil was taken illegally from Mongolia and passed through a few private collections until 2015 when a French fossil dealer donated it to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, where it was studied more closely after being verified as authentic.

“The first time I saw the fossil I was shocked,” Geological and Palaeontological Museum Giovanni Capellini paleontologist and lead study author Andrea Cau said, the Times reported. “It was so unexpected and bizarre.”

Two other fossils found in Mongolia were of slightly different species but had similar characteristics, including amphibious features, to Halszka.

Scientists are still analyzing the data — all 6 terabytes worth — collected from their study, which included multi-resolution X-ray microtomography of the fossil.

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