Oviraptor

Oviraptor

OH-vee-RAP-tor

'egg thief'

20kg, 2.0m-long small theropod

Diet: omnivorous

Country: Mongolia

Period: Late Cretaceous, 85-75 million years ago

Teeth: beak, no teeth

How it moved: on 2 legs

Food: hard fruits, eggs, and possibly shellfish

The curved upper and lower jaws of Oviraptor would have been able to crush even hard objects. This dinosaur may have eaten eggs, or fed on fish and shellfish.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauria, Caenagnathoidea, Oviraptoridae, Oviraptorinae

Named by: Osborn (1924)

Type species: philoceratops

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