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Deinonychus

© Andrey Atuchin

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You can see this dinosaur in the Museum.

Information

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.

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Fact file

Pronounced
die-NON-i-kuss
Meaning of name
terrible claw
Length
  3m
Weight
75kg
Teeth
backward-curving
Diet
carnivorous
Food
vertebrates, plant-eating dinosaurs
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(120 - 110 million years ago)
Found in
USA

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauridae, Deinonychus
Named by
Ostrom (1969)
Type species
antirrhopus