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Cassie — whose name is derived from the cassowary (KASS’-uh-WAIR’-ee), a flightless bird similar to an ostrich — stands upright on legs with backward-facing knees.
The headgear of Corythoraptor resembles that of a cassowary, the flightless bird of Australia and New Guinea famous for its prominent headgear and terrifying talons.
Today’s ostriches, rheas, and cassowaries are not substitutes for the terror birds, just as the fact that birds are living dinosaurs provides little solace for those who have the impossible wish of seeing a living Tyrannosaurus or Allosaurus.
Emus are a stately five to six feet (one to two meters) long, and cassowaries and greater rheas aren’t far behind.
Louie’s parents would have measured some 25 feet long and weighed more than three tons, Erika Engelhaupt writes for National Geographic, and likely would have resembled the giant cassowary.
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