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Saurornithoides (American Museum of Natural History)


Saurornithoides (Greek for "bird-like lizard"); pronounced sore-ORN-ih-THOY-deez


Plains of central Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (70-65 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 10 feet long and 100 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Bipedal stance; long arms; narrow snout

About Saurornithoides:

For all intents and purposes, Saurornithoides was the central Asian version of the easier-to-pronounce North American Troodon, a human-sized, bipedal predator that chased small birds and lizards across the dusty plains (and may also have been smarter than the average dinosaur, judging by its bigger-than-average brain). The relatively large size of Saurornithoides' eyes are a clue that it probably hunted for food at night, the better to stay out of the way of the larger theropods of late Cretaceous Asia.
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