Extra Credit

Partnering with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, we’re offering an enriched educational experience to animate our exhibits. Whether you've scanned this at the museum or found us online, dive deeper into this month's topic and be sure to visit in person for the full experience.

This month's lesson is all about the Anzu Wyliei!



Anzu wyliei, a captivating creature from the late Cretaceous Period, not only intrigues the scientific community but also awes the public, particularly as a highlight at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Dubbed the "Chicken from Hell," this bipedal dinosaur is a blend of bird-like grace and reptilian might, making it a paleontological treasure.

Imagine walking into the Carnegie Museum and being greeted by the imposing figure of Anzu wyliei, standing about 10 feet tall. This dinosaur's display showcases its unique features: a feathered body, a long, slender neck, and a beaked head. Its arms, covered in quill-like feathers and ending in clawed hands, suggest a versatile diet that might have included plants, small animals, and eggs. The prominent crest on its head, akin to modern cassowaries, adds a dramatic flair to its already striking appearance.

Anzu wyliei,  discovered in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota, belongs to the Oviraptorosauria group, known for their beaked, bird-like dinosaurs. The specimen at the Carnegie Museum provides an invaluable glimpse into the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. Its presence at the museum not only enhances our understanding of prehistoric life but also allows visitors to step back in time and marvel at the diversity and complexity of creatures that once roamed the Earth. The display of Anzu wyliei at the Carnegie Museum is more than an exhibit; it's a journey into a world millions of years in the making, captivating the imaginations of both young and old.

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Tyrannosaurus T-Rex
Diplodocus Carnegie [Dippy the Dinosaur]
Protostega Gigas