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Mystery of dinosaur with giant arms solved

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Two seventy-million-year-old complete dinosaur skeletons have been found in Mongolia, in Asia.

A dinosaur mystery that has baffled researchers for 50 years has finally been solved.

In the 1960s, they found two gigantic dinosaur arms underground. For decades, scientists have wondered what kind of beast they belonged to.

Now, two near-complete skeletons have been found in Mongolia in Asia.

The researchers say that the creature is even more bizarre than they first thought.

Researchers discover remains of dinosaur's skeleton in MongoliaAPTN
Researchers discover remains of dinosaur's skeleton in Mongolia

Deinocheirus mirificus

They say it was huge, with a beak, a humped back and giant, hoofed feet.

Two seventy-million-year-old complete dinosaur skeletons are found in Mongolia, in AsiaAPTN
Two seventy-million-year-old complete dinosaur skeletons are found in Mongolia, in Asia

Lead researcher Yuong-Nam Lee, from South Korea's Institute of Geo-science and Mineral Resources said,

"It turned out to be one of the weirdest dinosaurs, it's weird beyond our imagination."

Researchers pin together bones from two seventy-million-year-old complete dinosaur skeletonsAPTN
Researchers pin together bones from two seventy-million-year-old complete dinosaur skeletons

Slow mover

For half a century, all that was known about this dinosaur was that it had enormous forearms, that measured 2.4m-long (8ft).

They were tipped with three giant claws.

Reconstruction of Deinocheirus mirificusMichael Skrepnick
Researchers say the beast has a very strange combination of features

Its name Deinocheirus mirificus means unusual, horrible hands.

Scientists say the beast was very large, measuring about 11m (36ft) long and weighed six tonnes.

It had an elongated head with a duck-like beak, and a large humped sail on its back.

Its legs were short and stumpy, but its feet were very large with hooves, which would have prevented it from sinking into the boggy wetlands where it lived.

The researchers think that the beast was probably a very slow mover.

The contents of its stomach suggest that it ate plants and fish.

Dr Yuong-Nam Lee said: "We did not know their function before, but the long forearms with giant claws may have been used for digging and gathering herbaceous plants in freshwater habitats."