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Say hello to: GALLIMIMUS

GALLIMIMUS (gal-ih-MY-mus) "Rooster Mimic" (Latin gallus = rooster + mimus = mimic, because it resembled a big bird)

The largest of the ORNITHOMIMIDS ("ostrich dinosaurs"). From the tip of its snout to the end of its TAIL, Gallimimus was 20 feet (6 m) long. With its small head, long, toothless, beaklike jaws, and long, slender neck, it resembled a huge ostrich. Like an ostrich, it was BIPEDAL and could run swiftly. It had long, strong legs and three-toed FEET; the toes were armed with sharp CLAWS. The arms were short, and they had three-fingered HANDS. Gallimimus probably ate small animals, EGGS, and plants. It is known from several complete skeletons found in Late Cretaceous deposits in Mongolia.

Classification: Coelurosauria, Theropoda, Saurischia