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Gallimimus
GALLIMIMUS
"Rooster mimic"
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ANATOMY
Gallimimus was a fast-running dinosaur with a very long, thin, flattened, toothless, horny beak, a small head, and a relatively large brain. The bottom front part of its beak was shaped like a shovel. It had large eyes positioned on opposite sites of its head, ruling out binocular vision (depth perception). It had a long neck, long tail, and long legs. Gallimimus was about 13-20 ft (4-6 m) long, was 6.3 ft (1.9 m) tall at the hips, and may have weighed about 970 pounds (440 kg).

This oviraptorosaur had short arms with three clawed fingers on each hand, and long legs with three clawed toes on each. A long tail acted as a counterbalance and as a stabilizer during fast turns. Its bones were hollow.

WHEN GALLIMIMUS LIVED
Gallimimus lived in the late Cretaceous period, about 75-70 million years ago.

BEHAVIOR
There is no evidence that Gallimimus gathered in herds.

INTELLIGENCE
Gallimimus was a theropod, whose intelligence (as measured by its relative brain to body weight, or EQ) was high among the dinosaurs.

EQ


DIET
Gallimimus may have been an omnivore, eating small animals (like insects and lizards), eggs, and some plant material, by sieving them from mud with comb-like plates in its mouth.

LOCOMOTION
Gallimimus Gallimimus walked on two long, slender legs. It was a fast, agile dinosaur, probably running about as quickly as an ostrich , which can run up to 43 mph (70 kph).

GALLIMIMUS ACTIVITIES, PRINTOUTS
Gallimimus Coloring/Info Printout

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DISCOVERY OF FOSSILS
Gallimimus was found in the Gobi desert in the early 1970's. It was named by paleontologists Rinchen Barsbold, Halszka Osmólska, and Ewa Roniewicz in 1972. Several fossils have been found in Mongolia.

CLASSIFICATION
Gallimimus belonged to the:




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