A fluffy, three-foot-long killer found in Wyoming is the oldest known
July 12, 2019 3:13 PM   Subscribe

Meet Lori, a tiny dinosaur that may help explain how birds evolved flight The newly described dinosaur, reported today in the journal PeerJ, specifically comes from a layer of roughly 150-million-year-old rocks called the Morrison Formation, which covers a vast swath of the western U.S. centered on Wyoming and Colorado.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a (4 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Well that's a second thing that's cool about Wyoming.

(Yellowstone beats awesome fossils though)

EDIT: And I say that as some who has a degree...

In. Geology.

EDIT EDIT: And who sort of specialized in Paleo...
posted by Windopaene at 3:26 PM on July 12, 2019

I'm betting Nat Geo wouldn't have had a sub header of "Fluffy little murderbird" as few as five years ago. 🦖
posted by Bee'sWing at 5:36 PM on July 12, 2019 [2 favorites]

Why does it's scientific name not translate to "Fluffy little murderbird"?
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 6:59 PM on July 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

Well that's a second thing that's cool about Wyoming

? Wyoming is huge and full of cool stuff. The people can be a little weird . . .

There's a good National Geographic special that just came out called "When Whales Walked" - it has a bunch of fun stuff about this group of dinosaurs.
posted by aspersioncast at 9:42 AM on July 13, 2019

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