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Deinonychus


Deinonychus
(‘Terrible claw’) Carnivore Early Cretaceous, 110 MYA Found in: North America Lived in: Swamps
Fact Birds are thought to have evolved from dinosaurs, and it was fossils of Deinonychus that first made scientists make the connection

Long fingers They had long fingers with claws at end, the wrist bone is shown in red
Intelligent Deinonychus had quite large brains compared to other dinosaurs, making them some of the smartest dinosaurs around
Slash and tear Large claw used for slashing prey
Profi cient predator A flexible neck helped it attack from all angles
Bird-like Some scientists think the legs closely resembled eagles and hawks
Pack hunter Deinonychus were quite small so they may have hunted in packs to catch prey larger than themselves
Dino skill Deinonychus is named after its large, hooked claw on the second toe of each foot, which it would use to slash at its prey. Killer rating: 4/5 Speed: 3/5 Defence: 3/5

Deinonychus