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Coelurus, to which Nedcolbertia was closely related (Wikimedia Commons)


Nedcolbertia (after the paleontologist Edwin Colbert); pronounced NED-cole-BURR-tee-ah


Woodlands of North America

Historical Period:

Early Cretaceous (125-120 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 10 feet long and 50-75 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Relatively small size; bipedal posture


About Nedcolbertia:

One of the few dinosaurs to honor a famous paleontologist by both his first and last names (another is the even more obscure Richardoestesia), Nedcolbertia was named after Edwin H. Colbert, best known for his extensive studies of another small theropod, Coelophysis. The small, possibly feathered Nedcolbertia is classified as a coelurosaur (and hence closely related to the much better-known Coelurus), but pending further fossil discoveries that's pretty much all we know about this dinosaur.

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