Massive-clawed dinosaur ‘reaper’ discovered in Japan

Millions of years ago, a biped dinosaur with knives for the fingers have surveyed the shores of the Asian continent. But these Edward Scissorhands-like weapons were used to cut vegetation rather than gut animal prey, according to a new study.

The dinosaur belonged to a group known as the therizinosaurs – bipedal, mostly herbivorous three-toed dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Period, around 145 to 66 million years ago. Recently, researchers from Japan and the United States described the youngest therizinosaurus fossil ever found in Japan; this fossil also happens to be the first found in Asia in marine sediments.

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