Theropod dinosaur - ROM2007_9617_10


Theropod dinosaur

Place Collected
North America, USA, Montana, Carbon County, Bridger
Date: Date Collected: Prior to 1966
length=260; width=33; height=101 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderSaurischia
    • FamilyDromaeosauridae
    • GenusDeinonychus
    • SpecificEpithetantirrhopus
Type Status:
Object number: ROMVP52430
Credit Line: Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust and Ms. Cynthea Cooch
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, Life on Land Cretaceous, Theropod Diversity, Deinonychus
DescriptionDeinonychus belonged to a group of theropods known as dromaeosaurs. Dromaeosaurs were small, agile bipedal predators with a large brain (for a dinosaur), large slicing teeth and long front limbs for manipulation of prey. The huge, sickle-shaped talon on each back foot was probably used for defence or to disembowel prey. Being highly active, Deinonychus was probably warm-blooded. Most scientists today agree that birds evolved from dromeosaurs.
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