Shuvuuia deserti

  • Pronounced:  shoe - View - ee - uh

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Desert Bird"

  • Length:  3 Feet (1m)

  • Height:  1.5 Feet (.5m)

  • Weight:  12 Pounds (5 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 75 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Mongolia

Shuvuuia was a small dinosaur that a lot in common with modern birds, including its jaw and feathers. While Shuvuuia appears to have been capable of bursts of speedy movement, scientists think that it spent most of its time searching for small, hidden or burrowing prey, such as nesting insects.

It is noteworthy that Shuvuuia is the only Alvarezsaurid that is known from a complete skull. Some fossil material previously thought to have been Mononykus have been assigned to Shuvuuia. These bird-like dinosaur fossils have created one of the most intense fields of study within paleontology and have contributed to many new theories.

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