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Deinonychus
Temporal range: Lower Cretaceous
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Deinonychus skeleton at the Field Museum, Chicago.
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Deinonychus
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Deinonychus antirrhopus
Ostrom, 1969
Deinonychus ewilloughby
Restoration
Deinonychus patte arrière gauche
Reconstructed foot bones, showing the sickle-claw

Deinonychus was a medium theropod dinosaur. It was a dromaeosaur, and also a larger relative of the famous Velociraptor. This 3.4 meter (11 ft) long Deinonychus lived during the Lower Cretaceous, about 115-108 million years ago. Fossils have been found in the U.S. states of Montana, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.

Deinonychus is perhaps the single most important dinosaur discovered in the mid 20th century.

Paleoecology

Deinonychus remains have been found near those of the ornithopod Tenontosaurus. Teeth discovered near Tenontosaurus specimens suggest it was hunted or at least scavenged by Deinonychus.

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