One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- technical term for ostrich dinosaur
- ‘Holtz ultimately concludes that ornithomimosaurs and tyrannosaurs probably form a monophyletic group, although his calculations do not yield a clean separation.’
- ‘Ornithomimosaurs were a group of toothless meat-eating theropod dinosaurs that lived in the Cretaceous period.’
- ‘Previous work with stable nitrogen isotope analysis did not find a significant difference in values between North American ornithomimosaurs and clearly carnivorous theropods such as tyrannosaurids and dromaeosaurids.’
- ‘The only remaining controversy is whether therezinosauroids are closer to ornithomimosaurs or to oviraptorosaurs.’
- ‘Dodson suggested, because of their rarity, that the small theropods ‘habitually inhabited other environments in other areas’, unlike Albertosaurus and the ornithomimosaurs.’
1980s: from modern Latin Ornithomimosauria, from Greek ornis, ornith- ‘bird’ + mimos ‘mime’ + sauros ‘lizard’.
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