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Definition of theropod

: any of a suborder (Theropoda) of carnivorous bipedal saurischian dinosaurs (such as a tyrannosaur or velociraptor) usually having small forelimbs

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The site has three main track types — the big meat-eating theropods that made the Eubrontes tracks, and two smaller plant eaters that left three- and four-toed tracks. David Lyon,, "Making tracks: Walking in the footsteps of New England dinosaurs," 18 June 2019 On a fateful day, some 66 million years ago, two such creatures, a 22-foot-long theropod and a 28-foot-long ceratopsian, engaged in mortal combat. Jeremy P. Jacobs, Science | AAAS, "Are dinosaur fossils ‘minerals’? The Montana Supreme Court will decide high stakes case," 10 July 2019 Vespersaurus paranaensis is a member of the Noasaurinae group of theropod dinosaurs. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, "This desert-dwelling dinosaur balanced on single toes," 2 July 2019 Modern birds descended from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. Quanta Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds," 2 June 2015 The dinosaur that made them was a theropod, probably Coelophysis (see-low-FY-sis), a meat-eater that stood about 7 feet tall. David Lyon,, "Making tracks: Walking in the footsteps of New England dinosaurs," 18 June 2019 One of the herbivores Hughes and Finarelli examined, the theropod Erlikosaurus, had more projected olfactory receptor genes than Velociraptor and many of that raptor’s kin. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "T. rex had an amazing sense of smell, gene study suggests," 12 June 2019 Mei is a small theropod dinosaur from Liaoning Province, found in a sleeping or resting posture. Ginny Mohler, Smithsonian, "Ten Chinese Museums Where You Can See a Dinosaur Fossil Up Close," 18 Apr. 2018 Her team helped identify about 50 footprints, including a few with heels and claws belonging to theropods that were early relatives of Tyrannosaurus rex. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "In Footprints on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Signs of a Dinosaur Playground," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of theropod

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theropod

New Latin Theropoda, from Greek thēr wild animal + pod-, pous foot — more at fierce, foot

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