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Shuvuuia

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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.

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Pronounced
shu-voo-ee-ah
Meaning of name
bird
Length
  0.6m
Diet
omnivorous
When it lived
Late Cretaceous
(75 - 81 million years ago)
Found in
Mongolia

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Alvarezsauridae, Shuvuuia
Named by
Chiappe, Norell and Clark (1998)
Type species
deserti