Back in 2007, a team of archaeologists unearthed the remains of a theropod. The extinct reptile had a bulky figure and a height of approximately 20 to 26 feet. However, the carnivore was cursed with small anterior members that only measured 2 feet in length. The cursed dinosaur was dubbed Gualicho shinayae.
The Gualicho is an ancient evil Patagonian spirit that is known to bring bad luck to those that encounter it. Akiko Shinya was the first scientists to discover the new type of fossils.
The saurian was named after the ill-bringing Patagonian spirit because the team that found and analyzed the remains went through significant trouble during the entire process.
The first problem they encountered was that the land on which the fossils were discovered belonged to a private owner. The sheep rancher needed over eight hours of convincing to let the researchers dig on his property.
Then, one of the trucks overturned during the excavation. The accident did not cause any casualties, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
The biggest problem of them all was the fact that it took an election, a new political regime, and a few years before the researchers were given permission to study the remains.
The Gualicho shinayae lived roughly 90 million years ago. The saurian was equipped with fearsome teeth that compensated for its fragile forelimbs. The cursed dinosaur had two slender posterior limbs that offered it the capability of running at considerable velocities.
From what paleontologists managed to conclude, the cursed dinosaur evolved separately from the other theropods. Many of the other specimens evolved by growing massive skulls and bodies. Due to their redundant character, their forelimbs shrank over the years along the number of fingers on each member.
The earliest theropods had five fingers, while later specimens, including Gualicho and the infamous T-Rex, were equipped with only two.
Sebastian Apesteguia, an Argentinian paleontologist, and member of the team that studied the Gualicho shinayae, declared that the
“Something totally new has been discovered, a new lineage that we didn’t know of before. Why did this specie have a reduction regarding the size of their arms, having only two fingers similar to a Tyrannosaurus? That’s something that we still don’t know. But we need to investigate it,” Apesteguia declared.
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