Struthiomimus altus

  • Pronounced:  Strue - thee - o - My - mus

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Ostrich Mimic"

  • Length:  13 feet (4 m)

  • Height:  6 feet (3 m)

  • Weight:  330 pounds (150 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 80 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western Canada

Struthiomimus was a speedy predator with long legs. It is called an ostrich mimic because it probably moved like a modern ostrich. Like other meat-eaters in its family, Struthiomimus had no teeth. It had a very small head, long arms and long grasping hands.

Unfortunately, the Struthiomimus type specimen that was found in 1902 was damaged very badly. Since that time, however, a number of other specimens have been discovered, but none are convincingly complete enough to resolve the ongoing debate of whether this dinosaur should be classified as Ornithomimus  Several specimens originally attached to this genus have been reclassified to other genera.

The diet of these dinosaurs has been the subject of debate for a number of years. Since they were toothless, various diet theories have been put forward. It has been suggested that the hands and slight build of this creature suggest that it ate mainly insects, but other scientists are firm in their belief that Struthiomimus and its family members were strictly carnivorous.

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