Bizarre-looking dinosaur looks like it’s been crossed with a parrot: See the drawing


A newly discovered dinosaur fossil reveals the ancient creature may have had more in common with modern-day birds than other members of the species.

The dinosaur, known as Oksoko avarsan, had two digits on each forearm and what appears to be a long, toothless beak, similar to parrots, according to the study published in The Royal Society Open Science journal.

Oksoko avarsan is interesting because the skeletons are very complete and the way they were preserved resting together shows that juveniles roamed together in groups,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Gregory Funston, said in a statement. 

Artist's impression of Oksoko avarsan dinosaurs (credit: Michael Skrepnick)

Artist’s impression of Oksoko avarsan dinosaurs (credit: Michael Skrepnick)


O. avarsan, which was believed to be featherless and omnivorous, lived approximately 68 million years ago. It grew to roughly 6.5 feet long, or about the length of a giraffe’s neck.

However, it’s the two fingers on each limb that has surprised the researchers, as it may shed new light on dinosaur evolution.

“But more importantly, its two-fingered hand prompted us to look at the way the hand and forelimb changed throughout the evolution of oviraptors—which hadn’t been studied before,” Funston added. “This revealed some unexpected trends that are a key piece in the puzzle of why oviraptors were so diverse before the extinction that killed the dinosaurs.”


O. avarsan is not the only ancient birdlike dinosaur to garner attention in recent memory.

Earlier this month, researchers declared that the first-ever dinosaur feather discovered does indeed belong to the archaeopteryx, putting an end to a controversy that has waged within the scientific community for more than 100 years.

In March 2018, researchers suggested that archaeopteryx could probably fly but in a different manner from modern-day

The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump


The TAKE with Rick Klein

Trump wore a mask Monday in leaving Walter Reed for the White House — but it didn’t stay on long. By the end of another extraordinary night, with an infected president urging people not to let COVID-19 “dominate” their lives, it may as well have never been on.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling that out, as he pleads for science over showmanship with a month to go before Election Day.

“Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think is responsible for what happens to them,” Biden said in Monday night’s NBC town hall. “What is this macho thing — ‘I’m not going to wear a mask?’ What’s the deal here? Big deal!”

PHOTO: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at Jose Marti Gym in Miami, Oct. 5, 2020.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at Jose Marti Gym in Miami, Oct. 5, 2020.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop at Jose Marti Gym in Miami, Oct. 5, 2020.

Masks have been a big deal in this campaign because the president has made them so. Notwithstanding his own administration’s guidelines, Trump used masks as a political cudgel long before the stunning irresponsibility inside his White House and campaign appears to have contributed to the spread COVID-19 among the president and his inner circle.

Trump’s moves now are as incredible as they are predictable. Monday night he said in a video he tweeted out that now he might be “immune” from COVID-19, as he again promised a vaccine and treatments.

“Don’t let it dominate. Don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen,” the president said.

The virus, though, has already