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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  (unranked) Ornithomimiformes
  Superfamily Ornithomimosauria
  Family Ornithomimidae
  Genus Gallimimus
Gallimimus was a fast-running dinosaur that lived in Mongolia in the late Cretaceous period, about 75 to 70 million years ago.

Gallimimus was about 13 feet (4 meters) long, and weighed around 60 pounds (27 kilograms).

Gallimimus had a long snout ending in a beak, and its hands seem better suited to digging than to grasping. Some scientists believe that Gallimimus may have dug up other dinosaurs' eggs buried in sand, and then cracked them open with its beak. Another possibility is that it may have been an omnivore, eating small animals, insects, and perhaps some plant material, as well as eggs.

Gallimimus had hollow bones similar to modern birds. It also has a number of adaptations suggesting that it may have been a fast runner. These include long limbs, a long tibia (the shin bone) and metatarsus (the long bones of the foot), as well as short toes.

The first fossils of Gallimimus were discovered in the early 1970s, and the creature was named in 1972 by Rinchen Barsbold, Halszka Osmólska and Ewa Roniewicz.


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Gallimimus was an omnivore (ate meat and plants) that lived from 75 to 70 million years ago

Gallimimus was an omnivore (ate meat and plants) that lived from 75 to 70 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Gallimimus:
  1. Gallimimus was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Gallimimus" means "fowl mimic".

  3. Gallimimus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Gallimimus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Gallimimus was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Gallimimus was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Gallimimus lived between about 75 million years ago and 70 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Gallimimus lived in Mongolia.

  7. Gallimimus was a omnivore (ate both meat and plants).

  8. Gallimimus was about 13 feet (4 meters) long.

  9. Gallimimus weighed about 60 pounds (27 kilograms).

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