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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Infraorder Deinonychosauria
  Family Troodontidae
  Genus Troodon
Troodon was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period, about 74 to 65 million years ago. It was one of the dinosaurs that died out in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction 65 million years ago.

Troodon was about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall, and probably weighed about 130 pounds (60 kilograms).

Troodon was one of the cleverest dinosaurs, having a large brain in proportion to its body weight. It was probably about as smart as a modern bird. Some scientists have even suggested that were it not for the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction, Troodon, or one of its relatives, may eventually have evolved human-level intelligence! In 1982, paleontologist Dale Russell and taxidermist/artist Ron Sequin created a model of a "Dinosauroid" based on their speculation of what an intelligent evolved descendant of Troodon might have looked like.

The name Troodon means "wounding tooth" and refers to the animal's sharp teeth with serated edges.


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Troodon was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 74 to 65 million years ago

Troodon was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 74 to 65 million years ago

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

  2. "Troodon" means "wounding tooth".

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

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

  5. Troodon lived between about 74 million years ago and 65 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Troodon was one of the dinosaurs which died out during the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era.

  7. Troodon lived in North America.

  8. Troodon was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  9. Troodon was about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, and about 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall.

  10. Troodon weighed about 130 pounds (60 kilograms).

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