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Ornithomimosauria

Peter J. Makovicky, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi and Philip J. Currie

in The Dinosauria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520242098
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242098.003.0008
Ornithomimosauria

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Ornithomimosauria is a group of medium to large, lightly built theropods that are mainly known from Cretaceous sediments of central Asia and western North America. This chapter examines the diagnostic features, evolution, and paleobiology, and phylogenetic relationships among ornithomimid taxa. Ornithomimosaurs are represented by Pelecanimimus, Gallimimus, Garudimimus, Ornithomimus, Struthiomimus, Harpymimus, Archaeornithomimus, Shenzhousaurus, and Anserimimus. They are characterized by short, delicate skulls, elongate forelimbs with a weak, nonraptorial manus, and long hindlimbs. The chapter also compares the biogeographic history of ornithomimosaurs within the broader context of several other dinosaur groups that display a predominantly Asian-North American distribution during the Cretaceous.

Keywords: Ornithomimosauria; Pelecanimimus; Gallimimus; Garudimimus; Ornithomimus; Struthiomimus; Harpymimus; Archaeornithomimus; Shenzhousaurus; Anserimimus

Chapter.  10846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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