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Oviraptor

ImageName means: Egg thief
Height: 4 ft (1.92 m)
Length: 7 ft (2.13 m)
Weight: 100 lbs (45.5 kg)

Oviraptor lived in the Late Cretaceous (~70 mya) in eastern Asia and was found on the famous 1920’s Asiatic Expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History. It belonged to an odd-looking group of carnivorous dinosaurs name the oviraptorids. Oviraptorids were diverse in Asia during the Cretaceous and representatives of the group have also been found in North America. Each species of oviraptorid had a unique crest on the top of its head.

A close relative of Oviraptor suggests that these dinosaurs were covered in feathers. The tail and arms had long wing-like feathers. Oviraptor was bipedal, had long arms and a short tail. Oviraptor had large eyes, a short face, and a beak instead of teeth. It is unclear what Oviraptor ate, but most scientists think that it was a carnivore. Oviraptorid eggs are common in the Late Cretaceous of eastern Asia and fossil embryos have been found in Oviraptor eggs. One specimen of an oviraptorid, nicknamed “Big Mama,” was found sitting on a group of eggs. The specimen appears to have been protecting its eggs when it was buried by sand.

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