'Chicken from hell' dinosaur gets proper name

After years as the 'chicken from hell,' a two-legged, beaked dinosaur gets a scientific name

For years, a birdlike dinosaur that stood some 7 feet tall and weighed around 500 pounds has been called the chicken from hell. But now scientists have given it a more dignified moniker: Anzu wylei.

That refers to a mythological feathered demon, plus the name of a museum trustee's grandson. Scientists picked it only after finding out that the phrase "chicken from hell" doesn't make a very pronounceable name in Latin or Greek.

The researchers revealed the name Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. Anzu lived some 66 million to 68 million years ago in western North America. A replica of its skeleton is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

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