Dinosaur 'reaper' with  Japan

massive claws found in

The dinosaur belonged

 to a group known as therizinosaurs — bipedal and primarily herbivorous

Three-toed dinosaurs that

 lived during the Cretaceous period, about 145 million to 66 million years ago.

Researchers from Japan

 and the United States described the youngest therizinosaur fossil ever found in Japan

That fossil also

 happens to be the first to be found in Asia in marine sediments.

This fossil represents

 a newly described species, which the researchers named Paralitherizinosaurus japonicus.

The genus, which means

 "reptile by the sea" in Greek and Latin; the species name honors Japan, where the specimen was unearthed.

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