Meet the new dinos

Fossil finds reveal a tiny, meat-eating species and another with featherlike features

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM April 1, 2009

Tiny <em>Hesperonychus elizabethae</em> (far left), North America’s smallest meat-eating dinosaur, probably weighed no more than a chicken and was smaller than many of its contemporary relatives (human shown for scale).

Tiny Hesperonychus elizabethae (far left), North America’s smallest meat-eating dinosaur, probably weighed no more than a chicken and was smaller than many of its contemporary relatives (human shown for scale).

Longrich and Currie

The last dinosaurs died about 65 million years ago, long before humans started walking around. Scientists can still learn new things about these ancient animals though, thanks to the fossils they left behind. Paleontologists are scientists who study dinosaurs, and re...

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