Scientists recently discovered a new species of dinosaur that inhabited the earth 113 million years ago, roaming between Australia and Antarctica. The find included the tail, right ankle, and foot.
It's called Diluvicursor pickeringi. Say that five times fast.
D. pickeringi's most distinguishing feature was its size — roughly that of a turkey.
At first I read that as dinosaur sized turkey and started to panic.— Obscurus (@PlagueSweeper) January 12, 2018
I bet Fred told Barney, "Yea this year for Thanksgiving, Wilma is gonna spatchcock a diviclocursor"— Randall Russell (@ArknsasTravlr) January 12, 2018
Some weren't so taken with the little fellows:
Boring turkey sized dinos. More like dinoSnores. Lol. Lololol lol. lol lol— [error] (@File__Not_Found) January 12, 2018
So how can you post this picture of this "dinosaur"? who witnessed it to verify how it looked? all you have is a tail and a leg bone...how do you know it's front legs were short? I call bullshit.— Ricky (@RickyJustTweets) January 13, 2018
For some folks, the 113-million-year time frame didn't sound accurate:
God? God is nothing more than a man made construct created by man to induce fear, and force order.— Flyest Nihilist (@JacksonKonecny) January 12, 2018
And how did scientists discover this new species?
Poor little guy.
What else do we know about this turkey?
It was a runner with long foot bones. It ate leaves, pine nuts, mosses, and maybe fruit. Aside from its small body size the D. pickeringi' s lengthy tail would have actually made it around 7½ feet long.
"Named from the lower Albian of the Eumeralla Formation in southeastern Australia" (according to the original publication in the medical journal PeerJ), we're left wondering just one thing—couldn't they just have called it Turkeyosaurus Rex? But seriously, the real question on everyone's mind is whether or not it warrants a new installment of the Jurassic Park franchise.
We can only hope.