Deinonychus (terrible claw) was a carnivore (non-veg) from the early Cretaceous period of 115 - 108 MYA. It averaged 3 metres in length, 2.5 metres in height, and possessed a lightweight body running to about 68 kgs. It was one, mean, cookie, built for the chase and then kill. It was fast, agile and intelligent. The teeth were specialized for shearing meat, i.e. with serrated edges and curved backward to allow great chunks of flesh to be torn away. (An awesome hero for a Hollywood film!) Long arms hung from sturdy shoulder girdles: the legs featured long shinbones with four clawed toes on each foot. The second toe possessed a large, sickle-shaped claw about 5" long that it used like a dagger - especially when standing on one leg and kicking with the free foot (martial artist?). Running, the body was positioned horizontally balanced by the long, outstretched tail. Deinonychus may have hunted in packs to increase the kill-ratio. It was probably warm-blooded - able to control body temperature.
This photo was taken in the Indodra Fossil and Dinosaur Park, Gandhinagar.
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