Chirostenotes was a dinosaur that lived in
(its fossils have been found in
the late Cretaceous period,
about 80 million years ago.
Chirostenotes was about 9½ feet (2.9 meters) long, about 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall at its hips, and
around 110 pounds (50 kilograms).
Chirostenotes had a toothless beak, long arms with powerful claws, long slender toes, and a tall rounded
crest similar to that of the modern cassowary bird.
Chirostenotes is thought to have been an omnivore
and would probably have eaten small animals,
and some plant material.
Chirostenotes was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Chirostenotes was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Chirostenotes was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Chirostenotes was not itself an ancestor of birds).
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