Chirostenotes pergracilis

  • Pronounced:  Ky-row-Sten-o - tees

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Narrow Hand"

  • Length:  6 feet (2 m)

  • Height:  2 feet (.7 m)

  • Weight:  66 pounds (30 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 70 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western Canada

Chirostenotes was a small, quick hunter with long slender hands. Scientists are not really sure of its exact family tree. Since its discovery, Chirostenotes has been put into several different branches of the dinosaur family tree - including the Oviraptor  d and dromaeosaur families. Currently, it is a part of the Elmisaur family, but that may change once more fossils are uncovered.

This little dinosaur has been the subject of a good amount of study over the years. There are currently four species named, but it is generally believed that at least two of these will prove invalid and that, of the other two, the difference may be attributed to gender. As a later Cretaceous member of the maniraptorid, it may have been a feathered dinosaur based on current thinking about this family.

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