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If Jurassic Park was a real place, this would be welcoming a new addition. Researchers have just discovered that this tiny little fanged creature was just after plants:

Covered in porcupine-like quills and sporting a blunt, parrot-like beak, P. africanus would’ve looked like a “strange little bird,” said [Paul] Sereno, a paleontologist with the University of Chicago.

But its fangs, Sereno argues, were more like those of the piglike peccary (picture) or fanged deer, or water chevrotain (video)—modern-day, plant-eating mammals that use their teeth for self-defense and foraging.

Source: National Geographic Online

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