Erlikosaurus andrewsi

  • Pronounced:  er-Lick-o-Saw-rus

  • Diet:  Carnivore(meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Erlik's Lizard"

  • Length:  20 ft. (6 m)

  • Height:  8 ft. (2.7 m)

  • Weight:  350 lb. (160 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Crutaceous - 95 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia, possibly North America

Erlikosaurus is another member of the strange and exciting therizinosaur family from Asia and, as has been discovered in recent years, North America. These dinosaurs, which may have been feathered, were fairly large and had long, sharp hand claws. Some scientists think that these long claws were used for digging in the ground, possibly looking for large insects or the small mammals that lived with dinosaurs.

Known from a skull and some post-cranial material, Erlikosaurus seems typical of the Mongolian therizinosaurs. Of the most interest is a suggestion by Dr. Philip Currie, head of Jurassic Park Foundation, that material found in Canada in the late 1970?s and previously attributed to a theropod species may in fact belong to Erlikosaurus.

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