Deinonychus

Deinonychus

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'terrible claw'

75kg, 3.0m-long small theropod

Diet: carnivorous

Country: USA

Period: Early Cretaceous, 120-110 million years ago

Teeth: backward-curving

How it moved: on 2 legs

Food: vertebrates, plant-eating dinosaurs

Deinonychus could hold onto its prey with fearsome front claws. One huge claw on each foot swivelled - a kick would rip prey apart. When not in use the claw was held out of the way to keep it sharp. Deinonychus may have hunted Tenontosaurus.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauridae

Named by: Ostrom (1969)

Type species: antirrhopus

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