Deinocheirus

Deinocheirus

Pronunciation:
DINE-oh-KIRE-us
Name meaning:
'terrible hand'
Deinocheirus
large theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
large theropod
Length:
10.0m
Diet:
omnivorous omnivorous food icon
When it lived:
Late Cretaceous, 70-66 million years ago
Found in:
Mongolia

Originally, scientists only had a pair of arm bones with big, long claws to learn about Deinocheirus. But in 2014, new material revealed that it had a unique, large hump on its back, supported by its back bones. Now we know that it was a truly bizarre-looking creature, with huge, clawed hands, a beaked head like a duck and a hump like a camel.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Ornithomimosauria
Named by:
Osmólska and Roniewicz (1970)
Type species:
mirificus

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