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Therizinosaurus Fact Sheet
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|NAME:||Meaning - Therizinosaurus means "scythe lizard"
Pronounced - THER-uh-ZEEN-oh-SAWR-us
Named By - E. A. Maleev
When Named - 1954
|DIET:||Unknown. Some paleontologists have speculated that Therizinosaurus used its giant claws to rip open giant termite nests, making Therizinosaurus an insectivore (an insect-eater), but many paleontologists think that it was an herbivore (plant-eater).|
|SIZE:||Length - Roughly 23 ft (7 m) long
Height - 10 ft (3 m) tall at the hips
Weight - Very roughly 3 tons
|WHEN IT LIVED:||Late Cretaceous period, about 77-69 million years ago|
|WHERE IT LIVED:||Fossils have been found in the southern Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Asia.|
|FOSSILS:||Only three enormous, sickle-like claws have been found.
When - The fossils were found in 1948.
|Therizinosaurus' huge arms were 8 feet (2.45 m) long; it had claws up to 28 inches (70 cm) long. The finger bones are larger than any other animal in history. When Therizinosaurus was found, it was first thought to be a giant turtle, not a dinosaur.|
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