Ornithomimus facts for kids
Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
|Display at the Royal Ontario Museum|
Ornithomimus edmonticus was the largest species, 12 ft (3.5 meters) long, 7 feet (2.10 meters) high and weighed about 100-150 kg. It walked on two legs and looked slightly like an ostrich, except for its long tail.
In 1995, 2008 and 2009, three O. edmontonicus specimens with evidence of feathers were found. Two adults had quill knobs on the lower arm, indicating the former presence of bird-like feather shafts. A juvenile had impressions of long fluffy feathers in the form of hair-like filaments covering the rump, legs and neck.
The feather imprints were found in sandstone, previously thought to not be able to support such impressions.
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An Ornithomimus being restrained while preyed upon by Dakotaraptor (Emily Willoughby, 2015)
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