One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bipedal dinosaur of the late Cretaceous period, having a toothless jaw and long forelimbs with clawed fingers.
Genus Oviraptor, family Oviraptoridae, suborder Theropoda
- ‘Some of the most well-preserved specimens of dinosaurs ever found are oviraptors.’
- ‘A shocking recent study found an oviraptor embryo inside one of those eggs, so actually the oviraptor was by its own nest!’
- ‘The find shows that a group of dinosaurs called oviraptors roamed much farther south than previously thought, they add.’
- ‘This is a fossil that consists of only the pelvic region of an oviraptor, which also happens to have a pair of large eggs nestled inside it.’
- ‘The Incisivosaurus specimen clears up where oviraptors fit into the dinosaur hierarchy, says Currie.’
1920s: from ovi- (from Latin ovum ‘egg’) + raptor, the original supposition being that it fed on the eggs of other dinosaurs.
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