Pelicanimimus ‭(‬pelican mimic‭)

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Pelicanimimus ‭(‬pelican mimic‭)

Phonetic : pel-e-kan-i-mim-us.

Named By : Pérez-Moreno, Sanz, Buscalioni, Moratalla, Ortega and Rasskin-Gutman ‬-‭ ‬1994

Diet : Carnivore

Size : Estimated 2 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Small Theropod

Type Species : polyodon‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Spain

When it Lived : Early Cretaceous, 127-121 million years ago

Pelecanimimus, which means “pelican mimic”, is an extinct genus from the Early Cretaceous of Spain. It is a basal (“primitive”) ornithomimosaurian dinosaur. It is distinguished for having more teeth than any other Ornithomimosauria member (or any other theropod), and most of them were toothless.

Armando Diaz Romeral found a theropod skull at the Las Hoyas Unit 3 location in July 1993. This was described and named by Bernardino Perez Perez-Moreno and Jose Luis Sanz in 1994 as a new species, Pelecanimimus polyodon. In reference to the large throat pouch and long snout, the generic name derives from Latin pelecanus (pelican), and mimus (mimic). This specific name refers to the number of teeth this theropod has and is derived form Greek polus, “many” or “tooth”.

LH 7777 is the holotype specimen. It is part of the Las Hoyas Collection. This specimen of Pelecanimimus was found at La Hoyas, Cuenca Province. It was recovered from lagerstatte deposits in the Calizas de La Huerguina Formation, which dates back to the Lower Barremian. Only one known specimen is comprised of the articulated front part of a Skelet. It includes the skull, lower jaws and all of the neck vertebrae. The skull’s back, neck and front limbs still have some soft parts.

Source: Wikipedia