Pelecanimimus grew to a length of about 6½ to 8 feet (2 to 2.5 meters). It was about 3½ feet (1 meter) tall at the hips, and probably weighed around 220 pounds (100 kilograms).
Pelecanimimus had a number of unusual features for an Ornithomimosaur. These include a very long narrow skull, and a surprisingly large number of teeth (about 220) - most Ornithomimosaur don't seem to have had teeth at all.
The fossils of Pelecanimimus that have been found, include soft-tissue impressions. From these, we know that the animal had a small crest on the back of its head, which was presumably made from skin or keratin, and a punch on its neck (a "gular pouch"), similar to the pouch of modern pelicans. It is this pouch which was the inspiration for the name "Pelecanimimus" - it means "pelican mimic".
Pelecanimimus was an omnivore (ate meat and plants) that lived from 135 to 125 million years ago
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