A parrot-size dinosaur has been discovered with just one enlarged “digging” finger on each hand, it has been unearthed in North-Eastern China, Linhenykus Monodactylus is a member of the Theropod Dinosaurs, the group of two-legged carnivores that includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor.
Scientists believe Linhenykus Monodactylus, which stood just 2ft tall and weighed about the same as a large parrot, may have used its dino-digits to dig into insect nests. The new Dinosaur is known from a partial skeleton found in the 84- to 75-million-year-old fossil deposits of Inner Mongolia.
They lived about 84 to 75 million years ago – in the late Cretaceous period. This was at the same time as some really big meat eating Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus, Albertosaurus and Spinosaurus.
Linhenychus Monodactylus were carnivores, living alongside club-tailed dinosaurs, horned dinosaurs and small cretaceous animals.
Quick facts about Linhenykus:
- Existed from Campanian Age to 72.1 million years ago
- Lived in a terrestrial habitat
- Was a carnivore
- Reproduced by laying eggs
- 2 different specimens have been found by Paleontologists
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