Remember last November when new material of the enigmatic theropod dinosaur Deinocheirus mirificus was announced, and it turned out to be a giant sail-backed basal ornithomimosaur?
Well, it gets even better. The head was still missing at that point, but at the beginning of this month some Deinocherius material was repatriated to Mongolia — including a glimpse of a very odd skull.
And it’s not a standard ornithomimosaur head at all. The long, wide, and almost spoonbill-like shape of Deinocherius' mouth seems to suggest convergent evolution with hadrosaurs, making the complete anatomy of this dinosaur even more bizarre than we could have possibly imagined.