New dinosaur that moved underwater like a penguin discovered by palaeontologists

Palaeontologists have found a dinosaur with a highly unusual array of features, including flippers, sickle-shaped “killer claws” and a swan-like neck.

Halszkaraptor escuilliei, a relative of the infamous Velociraptor, is thought to have been a semi-aquatic predator that used its flipper-like forelimbs to manoeuvre in the water like a penguin.

The discovery is the first evidence that predatory dinosaurs took to the water in search of prey.

A team of researchers identified the new dinosaur based on a fossilised specimen from the rich fossil beds of Mongolia.



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