Ornithomimus

Ornithomimus velox

  • Pronounced:  or - Nith - o - My - mus

  • Diet:  Carnivore, possibly omnivorous

  • Name Means:  "Bird Mimic"

  • Length:  10 feet (3 m)

  • Height:  6 feet (2 m)

  • Weight:  360 pounds (170 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 77 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western North America

Ornithomimus sparked the first discussions in scientific circles that birds may have descended from dinosaurs. Its name even means that it looks like a bird.

A whole family of dinosaurs is named after Ornithomimus, including Struthiomimus  and Gallimimus  . They were all fast-running meat-eaters with small heads, long legs and long tails. Their heads were too small to eat larger creatures, so they probably ate a lot of small animals like lizards, insects, and small mammals.

Ornithomimus is a very well known and commonly found dinosaur. First discovered over 100 years ago, there are two and possibly four species assigned to this genus. There is evidence that this genus was one of the more evolutionarily advanced members of its family.

Much debate surrounds these creatures' diet. Their small heads don't seem very threatening compared to other theropods, and it has been variously suggested that they were herbivorous, omnivorous, primarily eaters of eggs and soft bodied creatures such as insects and lizards, and scavengers.



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