Shuvuuia

Shuvuuia

Pronunciation:
shu-voo-ee-ah
Name meaning:
'bird'
Shuvuuia
Dinosaur description:
0.6m-long
small theropod
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Diet:
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Country:
Mongolia
Period:
Late Cretaceous, 75-81 million years ago

Shuvuuia is known from a well-preserved skull and postcranium. This very small desert dinosaur may have eaten termites. Its lower jaw was not interlocked with the skull, allowing its mouth to open very wide for larger prey.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Alvarezsauridae
Named by:
Chiappe, Norell and Clark (1998)
Type species:
deserti
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