Ancient bird with T. rex-like skull discovered in China

Jan 17, 2023
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The t-rex like shape is just for selling the news, evidently. They say it is like the t-rex because it has all the bones free, lacking kinesis between the eye bones and the mandibular bones as in modern birds, characters also present in other non-avian dinosaurs such as Velociraptor, Deinonychus and many others. What is important here is that this is a bird with a combination of typical non-avian theropod features also including a long metatarsal in the foot as seen in the Velociraptor from Jurassic Park, therefore, features of the head and foot evolved at a different pase than most of the remaining skeleton.