Deinonychus

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Deinonychus

(dī'nənī`kəs) [Gr.,=terrible claw], swift bipedal carnivorous dinosaurdinosaur
[Gr., = terrible lizard], extinct land reptile of the Mesozoic era. The dinosaurs, which were egg-laying animals, ranged in length from 2 1-2 ft (91 cm) to about 127 ft (39 m).
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 of the early Cretaceous period, approximately 119–93 million years ago. Fossil specimens have been discovered in Montana and Wyoming. Adults were around 10 ft (2.5 m) from head to tail and 1 ft (3 m) high. The second toe of each three-toed foot was modified into a long sickle-shaped claw, and the hands, each finger of which also ended in a claw, were adapted to grabbing prey. Deinonychus is thought to have been a very fast-moving predator. It belongs to the group of saurischian theropods [Gr., = beast feet] that includes TyrannosaurusTyrannosaurus
[Gr.,=tyrant lizard], member of a family, Tyrannosauridae, of bipedal carnivorous saurischian dinosaurs characterized by having strong hind limbs, a muscular tail, and short forelimbs. Tyrannosaurids are theropods, having three toes on the hind feet.
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[Gr.,=swift robber], swift bipedal carnivorous dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period. It was relatively small, being approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) long. It was similar to Deinonychus
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