Deinonychus

Deinonychus

Pronunciation:
die-NON-i-kuss
Name meaning:
'terrible claw'
Deinonychus
small theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
small theropod
Length:
3.0m
Weight:
75kg
Diet:
carnivorous carnivorous food icon
Teeth:
backward-curving
Food:
vertebrates, plant-eating dinosaurs
How it moved:
on 2 legs
When it lived:
Early Cretaceous, 120-110 million years ago
Found in:
USA

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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