Shuvuuia

Shuvuuia

Pronunciation:
shu-voo-ee-ah
Name meaning:
'bird'
Shuvuuia
small theropod silhouette
Type of dinosaur:
small theropod
Length:
0.6m
Diet:
omnivorous omnivorous food icon
When it lived:
Late Cretaceous, 75-81 million years ago
Found in:
Mongolia

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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