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Dinosaur and Paleontology Dictionary
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THEROPOD

Theropods (meaning "beast-footed") were a suborder of Saurischian dinosaurs. They were fast-moving, bipedal carnivores (meat-eaters) with grasping hands and clawed digits. They ranged in size from tiny (e.g., the chicken-sized Compsognathus) to huge (Giganotosaurus was over 50 feet tall). Theropods lived from the mid-Triassic period until the end of the Cretaceous period. Their fossils have been found world-wide.

THEROPODS
Led to the birds!
  • Fast and agile
  • Carnivorous diet
  • Sharp, slicing teeth or beak, and well-developed jaw muscles
  • Clawed hands (usually with three main digits - exceptions include the Tyrannosaurids, who lost the third digit)
  • Bipedal walk
  • Strong legs with bird-like, clawed feet
  • Large eyes, indicating good eyesight.


The following is a sampling of theropod dinosaurs:
Theropoda ("Beast-footed", 2-legged carnivores, evolved into the birds)


ACROCANTHOSAURUS


ALBERTOSAURUS


ALLOSAURUS
Baryonyx

BARYONYX


CARCHARODONTOSAURUS
CAUDIPTERYX


CERATOSAURUS


COELOPHYSIS


COMPSOGNATHUS


DEINONYCHUS


DILOPHOSAURUS
Eoraptor

EORAPTOR
Gallimimus

GALLIMIMUS
Giganotosaurus

GIGANOTOSAURUS carolinii


MEGALOSAURUS
Megaraptor

MEGARAPTOR
Microvenator
MICROVENATOR


ORNITHOLESTES


ORNITHOMIMUS


OVIRAPTOR


PROCOMPSOGNATHUS
PROTARCHAEOPTERYX

SALTOPUS
SCIPIONYX


SINORNITHOSAURUS
SINOSAUROPTERYX

SPINOSAURUS
Suchomimus

SUCHOMIMUS
Syntarsus

SYNTARSUS


TROODON


TYRANNOSAURUS rex


UNENLAGIA


UTAHRAPTOR


YANGCHUANOSAURUS


VELOCIRAPTOR



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