Nomingia gobiensis

  • Pronounced:  no-Ming-ee-uh

  • Diet:  Carnivore (meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Nomingiin" (a part of the Gobi Desert)

  • Length:  3 feet (1 m)

  • Height:  unknown

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 68 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

This little dinosaur was just about ready to fly! Well, it was at least on its way to becoming a bird. Nomingia is a good example of the term "missing link". For many years scientists have argued about the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds. While we know that some dinosaurs had feathers and some, like Archaeopteryx  could probably fly, no one had really found a dinosaur that was in the process of changing into a bird. Nomingia wasn't really ready to fly, but this dinosaur definitely was developing some of the features of modern birds. The most important was a short tail that ended in what is called a pygostyle. This is the type of bone that birds have so their tail feathers can attach to their bodies. It lets them steer while flying.

Nomingia exhibited many characteristics of the typical Oviraptor  id. It had a beak, long arms with long claws, and long legs. Some scientists note that, despite the move toward bird-like characteristics, members of this family are not thought to have become avians.

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