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Oviraptor

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You can see this dinosaur in the Museum.

Information

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.

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Pronounced
OH-vee-RAP-tor
Meaning of name
egg thief
Length
  2m
Height
  1m
Weight
20kg - 30kg
Teeth
beak, no teeth
Diet
omnivorous
Food
hard fruits, eggs, and possibly shellfish
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Late Cretaceous
(85 - 75 million years ago)
Found in
Mongolia

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauria, Caenagnathoidea, Oviraptoridae, Oviraptorinae, Oviraptor
Named by
Osborn (1924)
Type species
philoceratops