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Huge duck-billed dinosaur described 巨型鴨嘴恐龍揭密

An artist's drawing of what the dinosaur might have looked like. 一位畫家畫下這種恐龍可能的樣貌。(照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

The world, it seems, was its salad bar.

Scientists are amazed at the chomping ability of a newly described duck-billed dinosaur. They say its strong jaw meant that no leaf, branch or bush would have been safe.

"It really is like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of dinosaurs - it's all pumped up," said Scott Sampson, who works at the Utah Museum of Natural History.

Duck-billed dinosaurs were pretty scary plant eaters. They had hundreds of teeth and a body that could knock down trees.

This new kind of duck-billed dinosaur was discovered in the western US in 2002. Scientists say it was at least 9m long and 3m tall.

Scientists are now trying to learn if this new kind of dinosaur lived alone or traveled in packs. They also want to know why different species of duck-billed dinosaurs developed.

(Staff Writer, with AP)

整個世界似乎就是牠的沙拉吧。

一種新種鴨嘴恐龍的囓咬能力讓科學家們驚嘆不已。他們說牠的強壯下顎意味著幾乎沒有任何樹葉、樹枝或灌木能「倖免於難」。

美國猶他州自然歷史博物館館員史考特.山普森說:「牠就像是恐龍界的阿諾.史瓦辛格-可說是渾身上下都很強壯。」

鴨嘴恐龍是非常可怕的食草動物。牠們擁有數百顆牙齒,身體可以撞倒大樹。

這種新種鴨嘴恐龍[的化石]是二○○二年在美國西部被發現的。科學家們指出牠至少有九公尺長、三公尺高。

科學家們正試圖了解這種新種恐龍是喜歡獨居還是群體活動。

(美聯社/翻譯:艾利斯)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. chomping adj.

囓咬的 (nie4 yao3 de5)

例: The chomping sound I heard was quite scary.

(我聽到很恐怖的囓咬聲。)

2. jaw adj.

下顎 (xia4 e4)

例: That animal has a really large jaw.

(那動物有一個很大的下顎。)

3. pumped adj.

幹勁十足的 (gan4 jin4 shi2 zu2 de5)

例: I think the pumped up man will win.

(我認為那位幹勁十足的男人將會獲勝。)

4. pack n.

一群 (yi4 qun2)

例: Natalie heard a pack of wolves last night.

(娜塔麗昨晚聽到一群狼[的聲音]。)


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