Deinonychus

Deinonychus

Pronunciation:
die-NON-i-kuss
Name meaning:
'terrible claw'
Deinonychus
Dinosaur description:
75kg, 3.0m-long
small theropod
small theropod silhouette
Diet:
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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.

Deinonychus milieu

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauridae
Named by:
Ostrom (1969)
Type species:
antirrhopus
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