Dinosauria Online


STRUTHIOMIMUS (strooth-ee-o-MY-mus) "Ostrich Mimic" (Greek strouthos = ostrich + mimos = mimic, because it resembled an ostrich)

A Late Cretacious ORNITHOMIMID, one of the "ostrich dinosaurs." Like an ostrich, Struthiomimus had a long neck; long, slender but powerful legs; and a small head. A horny, toothless beak covered its jaws. Its eyes were quite large, as was its BRAIN.

Although Struthiomimus so closely resembled ORNITHOMIMUS that many scientists consider them to be the same, Struthiomimus was a bit smaller and had a longer TAIL. It stood 7 feet (2 m) tall and was 12 feet (3.5 m) long. Its tail was 3 feet (90 cm) longer than its very short body. Struthiomimus had grasping fingers that were equipped with long, bear-like CLAWS. The claws may have been used to rip open logs to get at insects. This little BIPED may have been OMNIVOROUS like Ostriches. It may have eaten small REPTILES, EGGS, and fruit, as well as insects. It is known from at least one complete skeleton and several partial ones found in Alberta, Canada. COELUROSAURUS may be the same as this dinosaur.

Classification: Coelurosauria, Theropoda, Saurischia