"The Chicken From Hell" and Other Dinosaurs | WYPR

"The Chicken From Hell" and Other Dinosaurs

May 11, 2016

Anzu wyliei - nicknamed the "chicken from hell" - was a bird-like dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas 66 million years ago.

Did you know that dinosaurs didn’t actually go extinct? One group is still with us: they’re called birds. Were you aware that most dinosaurs had feathers? Does it surprise you to hear that Tyrannosaurus Rex is closer to us in time than it was to Stegosaurus? Dinosaurs are as popular as ever, particularly among children. But the picture the general public has of them hasn’t kept pace with the science. Today University of Maryland dinosaur paleontologist Thomas Holtz, Jr. joins us to talk discoveries, dispel myths and tell us how we know what we know about one of the most successful groups of animals to ever walk the earth.