A new species of dinosaur has been discovered just in time for Halloween. The dinosaur fossils discovered in South Africa are described as a cross between a bird, a vampire, and a porcupine. Prof. Paul Sereno, from the University of Chicago, published this in the journal Zookeys and gave the weird dinosaur the name Pegomastax Africanus or “thick jaw from Africa”.
Facts about Pegomastax Africanus:
- Was about the size and weight of a house cat.
- Lived between 100 and 200 million years ago.
- Parrot-like beak with two stabbing canines at the front and tall teeth tucked behind for slicing plants.
- Covered in bristles, similar to porcupines.
Thankfully for the other dinosaurs, this little guy just ate plants.