Weird Bird Carcass Found in Iran

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 12th, 2011

Is this the carcass of an Archeopteryx or is it a crude “carnival gaff.”

Or something else entirely?

What do the Cryptomundians think?

Weird Bird Carcass

The photo released by IRNA shows a dinosaur-like bird’s carcass found in northwestern Iran.

The dead body of a strange dinosaur-like bird has been reportedly found near the city of Meshginshahr in the northwestern Iranian province of Ardebil.

The locals found the feathered bipedal creature, which seemed to have died a few days ago, near a remote village of Meshginshahr, IRNA reported on Sunday.

A team of officials of Iran’s Environment Protection Organization (EPO) were dispatched to the region to investigate whether the reports were true.

One of the villagers has reportedly hidden the carcass and the EPO team is trying to find it. The team has managed to obtain a photo of the creature taken by one of the locals.

The team has also found evidence that confirmed the locals’ claims the bird lived in a cave near the village.

The creature has a reptilian skull with long canine teeth and large molars. It has small wing bones like those of flightless birds.

The avifauna of Iran includes a total of 527 species, none of which are similar to the found creature; however, the discovery needs ornithologists to verify the claims.

Scientists believe that fossil evidence demonstrates birds and dinosaurs shared many features such as hollow bones, gastrolith in the digestive system, nest-building and brooding behaviors.

The discovery of fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex soft tissue also suggests that the 68-million-year-old dinosaur and birds are closely related to each other.


More photos of carcass available here.


Below photo added by Loren Coleman, along with the following comment:

Based upon the skull and the body as seen from this angle, I would say this is the front half of a canid, probably a dog. The “bird’s tail” is merely the spinal column extending out the midsection of a split body cavity. The “bird’s feet” are the front legs (probably with the actual feet taken off) of the canid. Nothing mysterious about this carcass, really.Loren

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

11 Responses to “Weird Bird Carcass Found in Iran”

  1. Thermite responds:

    It’s half a fox or similar. What are the bird like features?

  2. steelcut responds:

    Looks like half a canid, but the article says “the feathered …… creature”? That’s what is making the fuzz. Maybe a fake like some german “Wolpertinger” taxidermy objects. A bird with a dogs head stuck on it..

  3. dawgvet responds:

    I agree with Loren. Definitely a canid. Anatomy is a give away. I can see some toes at the ends of the metacarpal bones. I don’t see any feathers.

  4. arewethereyeti responds:

    I agree with the previous posters. Here are a few more reasons:

    1. Take a close look at the 2nd picture and you’ll see ribs behind what are, supposedly, the creatures legs. Now, unless this mystery “bird” was running around on its “wings,” i.e., forelimbs, there is no animal – anywhere – with ribs located BEHIND the rear legs.

    2. The creature’s dentition, while spot-on for a canid, is completely wrong for a therapod dino; none of which had canine teeth.

    It’s pretty clear we are dealing with slightly more than half of a dog’s carcass.

    One wonders what they’d claim to have if they’d come across (only) the other half? 😉

  5. MountDesertIslander responds:

    They’ve been fooling around with sorcery and summoning djinns over there recently, there’s no telling what came through that portal. Maybe its an Ahmadine-dog.

  6. springheeledjack responds:

    Yep, at first glance, it looks bird like.

    But a few moments to examine the skull, the feet, and the “tail” and a canid is exactly what we’re looking at.

    The skull is definitely not bird, nor are the feet.

    And the “tail” is a spinal column, not a tail.

    Ah villagers, what can I say?

    A new bird would have been cool…

  7. David-Australia responds:

    And I’d say this bird-dog has been dead a whole lot longer than a few days

  8. kgehrman responds:

    Looks like a Salaki breed of some sort. Sometime referred to by a whole lot of other names (Gazelle Hound) (Arabian Hound) (Persian Greyhound) (Tanji) (Persian Sighthound). My understanding is that there are many breeds of this dog because of people messing with its natural evolution, like we do with all dogs.

    Looks like somethings been chewing on it’s rear end and walked away with its pelvis and hind legs.

    An Archeopteryx? Come on Craig! Closest thing we have today to an Archeopteryx is that Hoatzin bird down in Ecuador.

  9. korollocke responds:

    Imagine they find a dead octopus dried up and half gone, they will claim they found Dagon! LOL!

  10. joe levit responds:

    This looks like the front half of a fox or coyote. I have a coyote skull and that looks exactly the same as far as I can tell. It’s canine for sure, and likely coyote or fox.

  11. Tacos_with_Chili responds:

    lol ;D Well, I can’t tell what kind of canine is it, why don’t they examine the skull with other canines??? It’s only makes sense to do so. It would of made one very interesting bird.

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