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Parvicursor remotus (Karhu & Rautian, 1996)

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Name Means: Small runner Length: 18-22 in., 45-55 cm
Pronounced: par-VI-kurse-or Weight: Unknown
When it lived: Late Cretaceous    
Where found: Mongolia    
   

  Parvicursor remotus was a tiny Alvarezsaurian dinosaur. A little smaller than a chicken, it is currently the smallest known dinosaur.  It had long slender legs for fast running. It's forelimbs were short and stubby, with hands all but completely turned into a single big claw, possibly for opening tough termite mounds or other types of digging. It is unlikely that the claw could have served much for defense, as it was short and not designed for flexible movements.
   It is known from one incomplete skeleton that includes the pelvis and hind limbs, some tail and back vertebrae. No skull has yet been found. Its discoverers place it in its own family, Parvicursoridae, and it belongs in the same part of the cladogram as Mononykus and Alvarezsaurus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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