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This New Dinosaur Discovery Will Make You Say D'aww

Jar Jar Binks, is that you?

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A humpbacked dinosaur with a duck-bill snout finally has a complete skeleton.

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Though it was discovered in Mongolia half a century ago, Deinocheirus mirificus (which means "unusual horrible hand") was an enigma until recently when scientists found two more skeletons.

A new study published in Nature fills in the gaps about the 70-million-year-old guy's place in the dinosaur kingdom, and enough has been discovered to make a simulation of its walk, as seen above.

Until the new discoveries, the dinosaur had just been a pair of extremely long arms (hence the nickname).

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About 8 feet's worth of each terrible hand, to be exact (or 2.4 meters for our metric comrades). Paleontologists suspect the forelimbs were used to dig or nab fish, according to a news story from the University of Alberta.

Deinocheirus was about the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex — but not nearly as vicious.

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As an ornithomimosaur, or an ostrich-like dinosaur, it had a long neck, small head, and long legs. Except Deinocheirus wasn't built for speed, as indicated by its bulky legs, mass (roughly 6.4 tonnes, or 7 tons), and length (11 meters, or 36 feet).

And since it was found to have fishy remains in its belly — and had no teeth — it most likely feasted on marshy plants and its gilled inhabitants.

Finding the missing pieces wasn't easy, partially due to widespread poaching in Mongolia, home to the fossils.

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Mongolia's market for poached fossils can be dismaying for paleontologists, especially since bones are often smashed to get to the valuable pieces like skulls.

After tracking down pieces from two digs, the team was able to cobble together the specimen and solve a nearly 50-year-old mystery.