The discovery of the smallest-known dinosaur skull, a psychic's prediction which may have foretold the coronavirus pandemic, and an unfortunate end of two breathtaking giraffes in Kenya were among the strange, unusual, and enlightening stories to pop up on our radar this week.
The coronavirus pandemic understandably dominated the news cycle this past week and even the world of the weird was not immune to the virus as a 2008 book by the late psychic medium Sylvia Browne found its way into the zeitgeist thanks to a passage in which she seemingly predicted the events unfolding today. In the book, End of Days, she wrote that "in around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe." Thanks in part to Kim Kardashian, of all people, the unearthed prediction went viral online as many wondered if Browne had somehow foreseen the pandemic which has brought the planet to a standstill.
Unique-looking creatures made the news this week by way of two decidedly different stories. First, residents in an upstate New York town were bewildered by the appearance of a white 'mystery animal' that no one could quite identify. Authorities were able to determine that it was a piebald deer and asked anyone who encounters the creature to safely admire the wondrous animal from a distance. Meanwhile, over in Kenya, a similar story had a tragic turn as two incredibly rare albino giraffes were senselessly slaughtered by poachers, leaving just one such animal in existence as far as experts are aware.
In something of a historic development, this past week saw the discovery of the smallest-known dinosaur fossil in the form of a tiny skull embedded in a 99-million-year old piece of amber. The miniature remains, which measured a mere quarter-of-an-inch long amazed paleontologists, who say that the diminutive creature was smaller than any bird living on Earth today. The find was made all the more remarkable by the fact that the skull boasted rows of teeth which indicated that, despite its size, the diminutive dinosaur was a predator.
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