Dromiceiomimus (emu mimic)
William Parks - 1926
Estimated 3.5 meters long
Late Cretaceous, 77-75 million years ago
Dromiceiomimus, meaning “emu mimic,” is a genus of ornithomimid dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 77 to 75 million years ago, in what is now North America.
Dromiceiomimus was a fast and agile dinosaur, with long legs and a slender body. It likely fed on a variety of vegetation, such as leaves, fruits, and seeds, and may have also eaten insects and small animals.
Like other ornithomimids, Dromiceiomimus had a toothless beak and was likely covered in feathers. It had long, slender arms with three-fingered hands that were adapted for grasping and manipulating objects.
The discovery of Dromiceiomimus has provided important insights into the evolution and behavior of ornithomimid dinosaurs. Its emu-like appearance and fast running speed suggest that it was adapted for life on the open plains, where it may have lived in large herds and used its speed to avoid predators.
Although Dromiceiomimus is not as well-known as some other dinosaurs, it remains an important and fascinating species for scientists and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.