It looks like the love child of the Loch Ness monster, Freddy Kreuger and an ornamental duck.I need to post another one because I still love dinos!
Therizinosaurus is great for a number of reasons...
1) it's a theropod that evolved into an herbivore (kind of like how a panda is the descendant of omnivorous bears, but is an herbivore)
2) it has enormous claws... that it likely used to strip bark off of trees
3) its name means "scythe lizard"
4) it was likely covered in feathers, so it might have looked something like this:
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I always thought that Apato sounded dumb, so never stopped calling them Brontos. Of course we also have Brachs, Diplodocus and Titanosaurs added to the sauropod list, but Bronto will always reign supreme!But then turned out the body was actually distinct from an Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus was real after all.
The "wrong head" thing had nothing to do with the decisions to merge the two genera, in 1903, and split the two genera again, in 2015.But then turned out the body was actually distinct from an Apatosaurus and Brontosaurus was real after all.
Sorry I'm just picturing a veloceraptor wearing a berret painting a ceiling now.So how does the mismatched head fit into all of this? The short answer is that it doesn’t. The fact that some Apatosaurus mounts had incorrect heads for much of the 20th century has nothing to do with which name was being used at any given time, although the two issues have often been conflated in popular books. I suspect the two stories got mixed up because paleontologists were pushing to correct both misconceptions around the same time during the dinosaur renaissance.